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How can I make my lazy cat exercise?

A cat sleeping on a Snowball White Maya Donut Bed

When your cat has access to the outdoors they’ll usually manage to get plenty of exercise by themselves. If you decide to keep them indoors though, you’ll likely need to encourage your cat to exercise. Ensuring your cat is getting enough exercise, in combination with a complete and balanced diet, is vital for their health and happiness. A cat won’t exercise as readily as a dog, but there are a few strategies that will help you keep your cat active and mobile.

The great outdoors

Our product designers wondered how they could create an outdoor exercise space for indoor cats that didn’t compromise on safety or adventure. The result? The Omlet Catio. The perfect way to get your cat moving, Omlet’s Catio provides your cat with all the benefits of the great outdoors, without compromising on safety. The customizable design means that this outdoor cat enclosure works perfectly for all sizes of gardens and cats, and is purpose-built for the addition of a Freestyle Cat Tree – the ultimate cat gym every indoor cat needs, bound to get your cat off the couch and jumping, scratching and climbing all year round.  

Is a scratcher the solution?

Cat scratching posts are an essential part of maintaining feline fitness. Omlet’s Switch Cat Scratching Post not only supports a cat’s natural desire to claw with its biodegradable sisal sleeve but what really makes this the coolest scratcher to ever exist are the 1,200 irresistible light modes. Yes, that’s right – we’ve really created a light-up cat scratcher.

With inbuilt, customizable lights, the Switch is a brain-training, full-body workout. We know that getting a cat to use a scratching post isn’t always easy but we also know that cats are fascinated by fast-moving, bright lights. The Switch engages their natural hunting instinct, with irresistible LED prey to stalk, chase and pounce on all day.

It’s also the sustainable choice. Choosing the Switch can save up to 49 KG of CO2 emissions over a cat’s lifespan, compared with a like-for-like scratcher. The bamboo base lasts indefinitely – you only need to replace the 100% biodegradable sisal sleeves every 6 months. The Switch is the scratcher with serious staying power.

Cat wheels – fad or fitness phenomenon?

Exercise wheels are a relatively new cat product which provides both mental and physical stimulation. The wheels are entirely cat-driven, so by using it, your cat will train their muscles and burn calories. It often requires training for your cat to build up confidence and learn how to use the indoor cat wheel. High-energy breeds like Bengals and Sphynx tend to learn the easiest.

Is it ever okay to play with your food?

In their natural environment, cats have to hunt for their food and eat about twelve times a day, whereas cat owners will simply put food into a bowl and walk away. You can add some excitement and activity to feeding time by using a food ball. This is a ball the size of a tennis ball, in which you can put dried cat food. As the cat pushes and bats the ball the food will gradually fall out.

Time for play

An indoor cat will need plenty of stimulation and play to prevent them from becoming bored. Cats play to mimic their natural hunting behaviour, although not all cats have the same levels of motivation. Find out what cat toys your feline friend likes and dislikes by trying toys with different textures, shapes, sizes, noises and scents. Most cats enjoy interacting with their owner and playtime is a great way to develop the bond between you and your pet.

Some cats go wild for laser toys. The intensity and length of the sessions should depend on the cat’s age and physical condition. Be sure to never shine laser pointers directly into your cat’s eyes and at the end of the playtime, gradually slow down the beam until it comes to rest on a soft toy the cat can catch to avoid frustration.

Crazy for catnip 

Nepeta Cataria is a plant that is commonly known as catnip or catmint. The response seems to be a kind of euphoria, similar to how humans respond to hallucinogenic drugs, although catnip is neither harmful nor addictive for felines. You can either buy catnip toys, make classic cat toys more interesting by filling them with catnip, or use a catnip spray. Usually, the effects of catnip last anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour, depending on the cat. Find out more about the remarkable effects catnip has in our previous Why do cats love catnip?  blog.

Omlet and your cat’s exercise

We design innovative products like the Omlet Catio, Freestyle Cat Tree and Switch Cat Scratcher to support your cat’s innate natural behaviour. At Omlet, we are always asking how we can use design and tech to meet your cats’ natural needs, both physical and mental. Because the happier they are, the happier we are.

Cat on top of the Switch Cat Scratcher

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