Published by: Ingrid King. Last Updated on: June 22, 2023 by Crystal Uys
Regular exercise is just as important for our cats as it is for us. Exercise not only helps keep your cat physically healthy and prevents her from becoming overweight or obese, it also keeps her mentally stimulated. Helping your cat get more exercise can also be a wonderful way to increase and strengthen the bond between you and your cat.
Admittedly, it can be challenging to get some cats to exercise for any length of time, but as with so many other things, having the right tools can make all the difference. The following toys can help get even the most reluctant kitty off the couch.
Catit Senses Design Circuit
I don’t know many cats who can resist a Catit circuit. This 8-piece circuit consists of alternating high and low sections, a motion-activated illuminated ball and a high-low circuit design that propels balls at high speeds. Catit Sense Design Circuit is available from Amazon with free shipping for Prime members.
A perennial favorite, the DaBird mimics the look and sound of a real bird in flight. As with all fishing pole type toys, this toy should only be used when you can play with your cat – after all, that’s the entire idea of these interactive toys. DaBird is available from Amazon with free shipping for Prime members. Pictured above is the value pack, which includes two feather refills.
Allegra goes nuts for crinkle balls. She pulls them out of our toy basket and then shakes them before batting them around. Mylar Balls are available from Amazon in packs ranging from 7 to 46 balls with free shipping for Prime members.
Rattling Hypno Mice
I’ve found that with mouse toys, the smaller the mouse, the bigger the fun – at least, that’s true for Allegra and Ruby. These Rattling Hypno Mice have proven to be pretty durable. These cute little mice contain a small rattle for added interest. Bonus: because of the bright colors, they’re easy to see when you have to go on a mouse retrieval mission to get them out from under furniture. Rattling Hypno Mice are available from Amazon with free shipping for Prime members.
Cat Exercise Wheel
if you want to get fancy with your exercise equipment for your feline family members, why not get them their very own “kitty treadmill!” The Fast Cat Exercise Wheel has an open design so cats can enter from either side. It is made of recycled plastics, yet is sturdy and lightweight for ease of moving it around. The run surface is made from EVA foam to prevent claws from catching and allows cats to run naturally. The Fast Cat Exercise Wheel is available from Amazon from third-party sellers.
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About the author
Ingrid King is an award-winning author, former veterinary hospital manager, and veterinary journalist who is passionate about cats.