How much exercise do cats actually need? According to CareAH.com, “On average, our cats need 30 minutes of play and physical activity every day. This does not mean that our cats have to finish half an hour of physical activity in one go. This much exercise may be done on intervals, of course.”
Just like us humans, every cat is different and should have a modified fitness plan and preferences. However, it’s important to note that at the end of the day exercise is rather essential for a healthy life and long lasting cat.
Our friends at CareAH.com breakdown four reasons why that kitty exercise is so important.
Exercise Helps Avoid Depression: Around 40 percent of cats suffer depression due to boredom. Exercise helps avoid depression because it improves the production of serotonin. It is a natural chemical that helps stabilize the mood and improve sleep, appetite, and digestion. -CareAH.com
Exercise Keeps Their Body Fit and Healthy: Exercise is also a proven way to keep their body fit and healthy. Exercise ensures good muscle and bone health and coordination necessary when they stalk, chase, or attack stimuli. -CareAH.com
Exercise Helps Avoid Obesity: Like humans, cats that engage in daily exercises and physical activities are less likely to become obese. If our cats are free-feeding or they have too many carbohydrates in their diet, then it is likely they gain more weight than normal. Exercise helps burn calories which would otherwise develop into fat. -CareAH.com
Exercise Improves Owner-Cat Relationship: Exercise is like playtime for cats when you participate. Playing with your feline friend improves the bond between both of you. There will be an improved connection and you will get to know your cat even more. -CareAH.com