Hi everyone, it’s Allegra! I’ve been a busy girl! Between helping Mom with the Pettie nominations and keeping my sister in line, I can barely find time for more important things like birdwatching, sunbathing and napping. And as if I didn’t have enough on my paws, I’ve recently added another title to my long list of job descriptions: I’m Mom’s Purrsonal Trainer!
Every day at lunchtime, before Mom goes for her daily walk, she does weird things with these green things that look like giant bones. Mom says they’re called “free weights.” She does this in front of our bedroom mirror for some strange reason I’m sure only humans can explain. She takes them in her hands and waves them around in crazy patterns. She doesn’t look like she’s having a whole lot of fun doing it, though, so I decided to step up and help her. So now when she does her thing, I come up on the bed and rub up against her, and purr for her. Mom says it makes her workout a lot more fun.
She also said I should remind all of you how important exercise is not just for humans, but also for us kitties. I’m proud of my slim and trim figure, but I know there are a lot of kitties out there who are too big, and that’s really bad for their health. Sometimes, it’s because their humans feed them too much, or because they feed them the wrong things. My mom is really smart and knows lots about what to feed cats, so you should read her articles about feline nutrition if you need help.
But even if humans feed you the right food in the right amounts, cats should still exercise. It will help keep kitties at the right weight, and it will keep them from getting sick, because extra weight apparently causes a whole bunch of awful diseases. And besides, exercising is just plain fun for us!
Unlike humans, we don’t need to wave around weird-looking bones to get our exercise. We can play with our toys, run up and down cat trees, chase our siblings around the house, and, my favorite way to exercise, play with our humans! I love it when Mom gets out what she calls our “interactive toys!” They all have long sticks, and at the end of the stick is something that is simply irresistible to me and Ruby. We paw at it, chase it around, and jump to catch it.
My favorite right now is the DaBird Sparkly – it’s sooo fun! I also like the Neko Flies Kittycatterfly and the Go Cat Mouse. But the best part about playing with all of them is that I get to play with Mom, too.
Are you helping your humans exercise? And are your humans exercising you?