The Necessity of Regular Exercise in the Life of the Modern Feline

March 20, 2017
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The Pet Spa at Soap.Club, a leading supplier of premium quality natural pet shampoo based out of Vaughan, Ontario, Canada, advocates the necessity of regular exercise for the modern feline to stimulate their naturally active tendencies and keep weight down.

Outdoor cat pets exhibit their natural hunting instincts thus controlling their own exercise. Constant searching, climbing and chasing keeps them strong and their lightning-fast reflexes honed. The same, however, is not true for the domestic indoor cat. While living indoors provides them with a safe setting, there is little opportunity to trigger those inborn instincts to improve the cat’s level of fulfillment and quality of life.

According to Jack Widmer manager of The Pet Spa at Soap.Club: “Inactivity leads to boredom for a cat, and without stimulation the modern indoor cat tends to over-sleep and over-eat. Those control mechanisms usually lead to obesity and a host of health problems for our domesticated feline friends”. There are number of contributing factors to weight gain. For instance; working cat parents have no choice but to leave their loyal companions at home during work hours. As a result, the cat is left alone in an environment that offers few chances for mental and physical stimulation.

The amount of exercise that an indoor cat requires depends on the age of the cat, breed, and current physical condition. Older and/or overweight cats have usually settled comfortably into their sedentary lifestyles making it more difficult to get them to play. Most cats need at least 15 to 30 minutes of exercise every day, and fortunately there are a number of ways to make sure they are getting their daily requirement.

Hunting Games

Creating a ‘treasure hunt’ situation whereby a cat has to seek and find its food, will help satisfy the hunting impulse and somewhat mimics life in the wild. Hiding favorite treats in a different location daily prior to leaving for work, and in creative and increasingly hard-to-find places, will keep a cat from feeling bored and lonely in the owner’s absence. It also ensures that the favorite feline expends energy searching throughout the day. Providing safe vertical spaces in a home for the cat to jump upon, presents it with another opportunity to burn some energy.

Food Workouts

For lazy cats that tend to over-eat, separating their food and water bowls is an easy way to make them work and burn calories by simply having to move from one to the other. Utilizing different levels in the home; litter in the basement, food bowl on the main floor, and water bowl upstairs will force constant movement. A clever tactic involves moving the food dish from the counter to the floor during feeding time to compel jumping back and forth.

Toys / Interactive Playtime

Taking the time to play with a cat pleases the predator within, and makes its life more interesting. There are a lot of commercial cat toys readily available on line. They most often involve balls with noisy components inside, toy mice filled with catnip, and feathers or fluffy toys hanging at the end of a line. Dangling is a technique that mimics real-life hunting because it prompts cats to pounce, stalk, and catch their ‘prey’. Even the most inactive of cats will find a laser pointer irresistible. Moving the dot around the room at alternate speeds and in jerky movements will spur the cat to chase and paw at it. 5 minutes of this activity provides a cat with a very good cardio workout. There are also very inexpensive alternative toy options such as paper, boxes, and cloth bags that cats love to wrestle with and jump into.

Mr. Widmer states: “While not an actual physical exercise for the pet, regular bathing should be considered an exercise to follow regularly as part of an implemented Pet Health Management System”. Many cat lovers have discovered the multiple benefits of using a natural pet shampoo and conditioner in the bathing regime of their loyal furry friend. “The Pet Spa Hypoallergenic Pet Shampoo and Conditioner has been specially formulated to be suitable for all breeds of cats and dogs, regardless of whether their skin is dry or oily, and to be the best natural alternative to medicated shampoos” says Widmer.

Mr. Widmer advises: “Exercise is an essential component of responsible cat care, and daily exercise routines can be a lot of fun for both the animal and the cat parents.”

Those interested in learning more of the many health benefits of natural hypoallergenic pet products can visit Soap.Club online. The Pet Spa natural cat shampoo is currently available on Amazon, where it has attracted a significant level of positive reviews from customers hailing its effectiveness.



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About The Pet Spa by Soap.Club:

The Pet Spa by Soap.Club; makers of the finest quality, natural pet grooming products. The small family run business supplies its products globally. All products are cruelty free and biodegradable. The company has Amazon listings and an online store.

Contact The Pet Spa by Soap.Club:

Jack Widmer
13-3120 Rutherford Rd.
Ste 342
Vaughan, ON L4K 0B2
330-416-2357
https://soap.club/collections/the-pet-spa

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