Simple ways to help keep your cat fit
Add a friend
Your cat isn’t lazy, but he could be lonely. And a new playmate can help him become more active and engaged. So if you have just one cat, consider adopting another—a young kitten is the best bet for bringing out the youthful energy in your older cat.
Make play a priority
Set aside time, ideally at least 15 minutes twice each day, for fun cat games that involve vigorous play. Use string, balls, toys, whatever gets your cat running around enthusiastically.
Wall shelves, bookcases, the refrigerator…anywhere elevated is where your cat wants to be. And getting there helps keep muscles strong and burns calories! Clear space on elevated surfaces and add a cat tree or two to other places in your home to provide more opportunities for your cat to exercise.
Encourage play while you’re away
Place small balls along your cat's usual path and across shelves or furniture. When your cat finds one, he's likely to knock it off, causing it to bounce, which will compel him to chase it.