Play to her instincts: exercise through playtime
Exercise is more fun when it doesn’t seem like exercise. Here are some games you can play with your cat to keep her moving and help her lose those extra pounds.
On the hunt
As much as she may seem like a friendly furball, your cat is really a hunter at heart. Hide a few kibbles of food around the house (your vet can recommend a good weight management food) to keep her hunting around for her “prey.” Be sure to place it in a variety of locations, where she will need to reach, jump, etc.
Chase and catch
Let her chase a light or feather toy. She’ll love the attention and the chance to hone her innate “catching” skills. As she loses weight she’ll be able to play more actively for longer periods of time.
Tips for making playtime a success
Provide her with a variety of safe toys, and rotate them often. Cats sometimes get tired of the same old thing, but old toys feel new when she hasn’t seen them for a while.
Cats love order and predictability, so try to play with her at similar times each day, such as before dinner or when you come home.
Cats generally prefer interactions to be frequent, but not necessarily intense. Playing just for a few minutes several times a day may be better for her patience than trying to play for 30 minutes just once a day, giving her a better overall workout.