Five Possible Reasons You’re Not Exercising Your Cat

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The majority of feline illness can be directly linked to their diet and lifestyle. Their wild relatives stalk and eat an average of 9 times a day, with plenty of attempts to stalk and capture prey in between meals. These cats, which are not reliant on a full bowl of kibble, may consume more protein and fat than carbohydrates, and ultimately expend more energy capturing their meals than the average housecat. Not surprisingly, these wildcats are typically leaner than your average kitty. 

Indoor cats don’t have to work for food, and most don’t even have to ask that their bowl be filled. In addition to choosing a high-value diet (and sticking to exact portions and meal times), exercising your cat is the key to their overall health, happiness and longevity. Unfortunately, there could be reasons that stand in the way of exercising your cat.

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Keeping Your Pet Active Through Exercise and Play

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All pets need exercise and enrichment for their physical and behavioral well-being. These are the key ingredients to a vibrant, happy life for furry ones and are instrumental in maintaining a good weight and encouraging better behavior. Whether you’re out and about or stuck indoors, there are always great options for keeping your pet active.

Your friends at Animal Medical Hospital and 24 Hour Urgent Care are here to give you some of our best tips for indoor and outdoor play. Let’s have some fun!

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Keeping Pets Active Indoors and Out

You know the struggle… You finish a long day of work and all you want to do is crash on the couch and binge watch your favorite series. Exercise can go by the wayside  if we don’t remain loyal to what is best for our health. The same is true in keeping pets active. It’s easy to let those daily walks, runs, hikes, or backyard play get off track when you must be indoors or are too busy to think about it. 

Our pets need exercise and play in order to live a healthy life and to curb bad behavior. A bored pet can gain too much weight or display behaviors like chewing, digging, and anxiety. The team at Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care wants to help you keep your fur friend active now and throughout the year with some suggestions.

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Pet Exercise Trends That (Might) Stand the Test of Time

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Pet Zumba or Cross Fit might sound outlandish, but exercise trends that meaningfully impact people also have the potential to affect pets. Sure, it might be awhile before we see a feline Fitbit, but with gadgets like Trakz, it’s only a matter of time. Pet exercise trends are definitely a thing, and we’re happy they play a role in helping the animals we know and love achieve optimal weight, wellness, and happiness.

Try It, Don’t Fight It

Yoga is already a huge industry, so it’s hard to imagine that it could benefit from a revamp. However, yoga with animals, such as cats, dogs, birds, goats, horses, and more, has exploded around the country. Animals bring a new sense of exploration, playfulness, and lightness to any class. In turn, pets are rewarded with a deeper connection to people. Continue…