Why Your Pets Need Exercise

To keep your pet healthy, you should be sure your pet gets enough exercise. While most people know the importance of exercising dogs, many people do not realize that cats also need to exercise. Keeping your pets at a healthy weight is essential in prolonging their lives, and exercise is a great way to make sure your pets do not become overweight. 5 Points Animal Hospital would like to share with you some ideas about exercising your pets and how you can make sure they are getting the exercise they need.Why Your Pets Need Exercise Image - Nashville TN - 5 Points Animal Hospital


Even though your cat may not approach you with a ball in her mouth, she still wants and needs to play with you. Without the mental and physical stimulation from play interaction, your cat could become bored and develop behavioral problems. Since cats are natural hunters, they love chasing things. To give your cat an exciting challenge, The American Humane Association (AHA) recommends inventing a game to play with your cat by giving her something to chase. All you need is a fishing pole-style apparatus with an object that has feathers, streamers, or other items attached on a string. Using quick, short, and jerky motions, move the toy across the room like a bird or insect flying in the air or a mouse running on the floor. Let your cat catch the toy a few times so she will not lose interest in this game. Doing this throughout the day for around 10 minutes each time will create a great bond between you and your cat by sharing fun and silly moments.


You may have a fenced-in yard where your dog can run around outside and play, but the AHA feels the best exercise for dogs is walking. When you take your dog on a walk, it gives you special bonding time that improves the mutual communication with your dog. Your dog may also get to socialize with other dogs you may encounter on walks. Walking around the neighborhood, in the park, or on the greenway gives your dog a needed change of scenery that will help prevent boredom, which causes behavioral issues just as it does for cats. Even better, you also get some exercise when you walk your dog. Walking increases strength and endurance, burns calories, and provides fresh air to you and your dog.

Want to learn more exercise suggestions for your pets? Contact us at 5 Points Animal Hospital to find out our favorite ways to exercise with our cats and dogs.

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