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Keep Cats Moving and Grooving

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Cat Play Benefits Health

How to Play With Your Cat:  Maximize Your Bond While Improving His Health and Well-Being, suggests specific reasons for cat play, including:

  • Practice hunting skills
  • Maintain healthy weight
  • Release of aggression or negative energy
  • Strengthens owner/pet bond
  • Builds confidence
  • Eases transition to a new home

Do you talk with your veterinarian during visits about ways to help your cat keep moving around your home or yard?  If yes, give yourself a fish-flavored treat.  If no, well, add talking with your doctor to your "priority list."

Your doctor will help you create a home program to ensure exercise and activity that will interest your cat.  Your cat will be entertained and the bond between you will deepen.

Keeping your cat active can help it burn calories and use muscles, tendons and ligaments that may often be seen catnapping. Burning calories is important for your cat. The more your cat moves and exercises, the more calories it will expend during the activity. Exercise will help to off-set the naps taken in your favorite chair and help to prevent obesity.

Exercise methods your doctor recommends will depend on your cat's current level of activity, health, age and medical condition.  Indoor cats probably need more encouragement and support with exercise.  You'll want to consider several methods to get your cat moving and grooving.  Then, you'll want to shake up the sequence when you play.

Pet Weight Loss by veterinarian Jan Becker discusses pet exercise for owners of cats and dogs.  "Cats on the other hand can be a bit harder to exercise," says Dr. Becker.  Get your cats moving with cold laser lights flashed onto objects to interest them - but not in their eyes.  Wiggle stuffed animals, move them sneakily to get your cat's interest and increase the attraction of pouncing, sneaking, hiding or batting at the soft toy.

Office Hours

Barrington Oaks Office Hours

DayMorningAfternoon
Monday7am7pm
Tuesday7am7pm
Wednesday7am7pm
Thursday7am7pm
Friday7am6pm
Saturday9am5pm
Sunday10am5pm
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Barrington Oaks North Office Hours

Day Morning Afternoon
Monday 8am 6pm
Tuesday 8am 5pm
Wednesday 8am 5pm
Thursday 8am 7pm
Friday 8am 6pm
Saturday 9am 1pm
Sunday closed

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