It's the time of year when it's easy to become complacent, comfortable and cozy. This can lead to some added pounds for us and for our pets. We can go for walks to burn some calories, but cats are typically not huge fans of The Leash.
Here are a few ideas to keep your cat moving and engaged mentally as well. Cats are predators, and the way to get them to play is to let them use their instinctual hunting talents. Buy toys and then use them to mimic actions of animals a cat would normally hunt – a mouse, bird, lizard, rabbit or bug.
Take a laser pointer and skitter it across the floor like a bug.
Get a wand toy that looks like a bird and pretend to land and take off. But don’t just flap it around. (No bird acts like that!) Try to think about what a bird really does and then reenact that with the toy.
It’s all pretend play, but try to make it as real as possible for your cat. Your cat will be happier and all that belly laughing you'll do has got to be good for your abs, right?