Just for Kids: Exercising Your Cat

Everybody needs to exercise. Everybody! And that goes for your kitty, too. Young kittens as well as grown-up cats need to move. Even our older pets needs to get off that couch and do something physical.

Your kitty probably exercises on her own every day. Maybe she dashes through the house, leaping onto chairs and racing through the rooms. Or maybe she attacks your feet as you walk by her hiding place, or jumps across the bed in the middle of the night. Maybe she just stalks the family dog or swats at a pesky fly.

Exercise is important to your cat. It keeps her active physically as well as mentally.
Your kitty can keep you awake at night if she does not receive enough stimulation during the day. A vigorous playtime at night may help you both get some sleep.

Cats on the Move

When kittens play, they are actually learning how to be cats – they learn how to get along with others and how to get along in the world. But they are also exercising their muscles and keeping themselves healthy. Even when they grow up, they still love to play.

Here are a few things you can do with your pet to keep her active:

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