Is your kitty starting to slow down a bit with age? While kittens are super playful, older cats are, well, a bit lazy. How do you keep your cat active? Santa Rosa, CA vet offers tips on that below.

Toys

First and foremost, make sure that your kitty always has lots of toys to play with. Even a few minutes of pouncing and jumping can be beneficial. Cats all have their own preferences, so give Fluffy a variety, and see what she likes best.

Playtime

Take a few minutes a day to hold a laser pointer or wand toy for your feline buddy. You’ll be controlling Fluffy’s prey, which will make play sessions more fun and more challenging for her. (Bonus: your kitty will also know that you’re doing something just for her, which will definitely make her feel loved.)

Nooks And Crannies

As we all know, cats are very curious. (Fluffy might actually be a bit too curious for her own good, but that’s beside the point.) Give your nosy little pet things to explore. You can set up newspaper tunnels, boxes, and even paper grocery bags. Move these things around regularly to keep things fresh and fun.

Furniture

Offer Fluffy some vertical space. Cat towers and cat shelves will encourage your pet to jump and climb. You can also get exercise wheels for cats. These are basically larger versions of the ones you see for pocket pets and bunnies. Of course, some kitties will use them as napping spots, but that’s only to be expected.

Trickery

You won’t have much luck if you just tell Fluffy to run laps around the house. Instead, try to trick her into moving. Toss a toy or crumpled-up piece of paper down the hall. Chances are, your furball will run after it out of sheer curiosity. Of course, some cats actually do play Fetch. If yours is one of them, by all means indulge her!

Walks

This one definitely isn’t an across-the-board recommendation. If your pet is timid or shy, or has never been outdoors, it may be best to, well, let sleeping cats lie. However, bold, adventurous felines often do come to enjoy being walked on a leash. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Please reach out to us, your Santa Rosa, CA vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!