Cat fitness really can be fun.
However, it is important to start any fitness program only when you
feel like it. Don't let a few extra pounds intimidate you into
becoming more active. The most important aspect of fitness is: when
to start the program. The best time is at about 2 a.m. The house is
quiet; there are no distractions. The warm-up is critical. Cats are
experts at stretching, so this won't be a problem. Start with a few
wind sprints, full speed, toenails clicking on the tile or linoleum
floors. A few low but loud growls will help you feel charged up.
Now it is time to add some
eye-paw coordination work. Find a marble (the big steelies work even
better) and roll that down the floor as the sprints continue. See
how many times you can ricochet it off the wallboards before it
disappears under the fridge. Finally, work on that upper body
strength. Climbing is a great exercise. Use draperies,
macramé plant hangers, or clothing on hangers. You can even
find some carpeting on some basement walls. Backs of chairs work
Now put it all together. A speed
sprint to the end of the hall! A race around the living room! Leap
to the back of the rocking chair! Let the rebound launch you to the
top of the swinging planter! Rock that baby! Feel those muscles
work. Just as the hook pulls loose from the ceiling, dash to the
bedroom and dive under the covers. Establish your alibi just in time
to hear the crash of the plant to the floor below.