Published by: Ingrid King. Last Updated on: November 1, 2022 by Crystal Uys


Cats have a reputation for being lazy and sleeping for much of the day. The average indoor cat sleeps 12 to 16 hours a day, which makes it even more important to provide plenty of opportunities for exercise during their waking hours. Exercise is nothing more than extended playtime, and it’s up to cat parents to make sure cats get plenty of it.

Most experts agree mature adult that cats need about 30 minutes of exercise a day. Kittens and young cats could benefit from one to two hours. If you have more than one kitten or younger cats, they’ll generally get plenty of exercise by playing, wrestling and chasing each other. Only cats and cats that are middle-aged may need encouragement to get moving.

Sally Bahner, a freelance write and publisher of the Exclusively Cats blog, recently wrote an article for Animal Wellness magazine about how to encourage your cat to exercise.

Click here to read How Much Exercise Does Your Cat Need.

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  1. Lulu and Kiki stay pretty active, but I have a hard time getting Pele moving. Evey once in a while she will play. Like the other night, she started attacking my husband’s feet under the covers in bed. I loved seeing her play like that.

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