Nina Nandy

Gastroenterologist at The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center

5 Ways to Get Your Cat to Exercise

5 Ways to Get Your Cat to Exercise

Cats sleep a lot. Being in a constant state of slumber, most cats don’t get the exercise that they need. As a loving owner, you want your cat to be happy and healthy, and encouraging your cat to get more exercise can be a big part of that. Here are some ways that you can contribute to keeping your cat active.

1. Play with your cat!

Find a toy that excites your cat and gets them moving. Maybe it’s a ball, a mouse, or a laser pointer. When you find the toy that grabs your cat’s attention, play with them every day. Get them running around the room and jumping off of the walls for a couple of minutes every day, and it will make a world of difference.

2. Get another cat

Sometimes, another cat can give your first cat someone to play with. The two felines can entertain each other, running and exercising along the way. Hopefully they get along!

3. No more snacks

Everyone likes snack, so it might seem cruel to eliminate snacks from your cat, but it’s for the greater good. Avoiding human food or snacks is best to keep them healthy and happy. Keep your cat on a specific diet.

4. Food for energy

Look for cat foods that specifically promote energy in your cat. You may want to try diet foods as well. It’s important to feed your cat at consistent times, so keep a regular schedule. A specific amount of food twice a day (once in the morning and once at night) is a popular schedule. Do not be tempted to feed them if they beg for food- make them stick to the schedule.

5. Rearrange necessary items

Keep the cat moving by placing items that they need far away. Put the littler box on the other side of the house as their food. Keep their bed and toys somewhere else. You may even consider placing their food and water bowls on a shelf so that they have to jump to get to it. Be careful that it’s not in a location where it can spill on anything important.

When you love your cat, you want it to be as healthy as possible. These tips can help keep your cat healthy and lean. Don’t wait until it’s too late- implement these changes now.

The Keys To Your Cat’s Personality

The Keys To Your Cat’s Personality

Sharing a home with someone usually means getting intimately acquainted with their personality. Does the same follow for feline friends? Cats have a reputation for sly games and hidden agendas, but the breadth of their emotions is every bit as varied as their human owners.

Understanding the complicated emotional life of a cat is not so difficult. Animals are motivated by similar needs to their owners. Following these feline cues can help owners understand what cats are thinking and feeling.

Relaxed And Happy

Contentment is the usual setting for most cats. Cheerful cats generally give off many easy-to-spot signals:

  • The familiar and happy buzz of a contented purr
  • Relaxed body posture, lying in a ball, atop the front paws, or stretched out
  • Whiskers away from the face, as if grinning
  • Ears are in a comfortable, upright position
  • Eyes blinking lazily, or semi-shut
  • Tails will be relaxed or upright and hooked in welcome

Motivated

Felines were made to hunt and pursue prey. Whether it is an object of prey or an owner with a toy, even domesticated house cats haven’t lost these common predatory characteristics:

  • Tails down, hanging low behind the cat’s hindquarters, twitching in anticipation
  • Lowered body position
  • Ears and whiskers aimed in the direction of the intended prey or desired object
  • Eyes open and pupils focused
  • Pacing

Apprehensive

Nerves and anxiety usually result from a significant change in a cat’s environment, whether that’s a move or a new element introduced into their world. Here’s what to keep an eye on:

  • Body cowering or back arched and prepared to flee
  • Still tails or slow sideways movements at the tip
  • Lowered head and ears flat or rapidly scanning for information
  • Whiskers pulled in towards the face or pointed out in preparation
  • Eyes will be wide open and fully dilated

Scared Or Angry

A frightened or irritated cat exhibits more apparent signs than the apprehensive cat above. Owners should approach a scared cat with slow, deliberate movements and help remove the source of fear. Signs include:

  • Hissing, spitting, and claws may appear
  • Bodies will be tall and fluffed out to seem larger
  • Tails will be pulled entirely beneath the body or rapidly whipping
  • Eyes will be wide and ears flat
Best Cat Breeds if You Have Kids

Best Cat Breeds if You Have Kids

Having a cat can teach kids to be respectful of animals while also providing them with a sense of responsibility. Each cat has its own distinct personality, but certain breeds more commonly display traits that can make them suitable for children. Here are five of the best cat breeds to get if you have kids.

Burmese Cats

Burmese cats are known for being social and affectionate, which makes them an ideal cat to have in a family. These cats are also inquisitive and will love to explore your home. If you get a Burmese cat as a kitten, you can expect it to stay energetic well into adulthood. Some even like to play fetch. Because of their social nature, these cats are best suited to a household where people will be home throughout the day.

Exotic Shorthair Cats

Exotic Shorthair cats are descended from the Persian breed. Unlike Persians, they have a dense, short coat. They’re known for being gentle, calm, and patient. Although Exotic Shorthairs are very loyal and enjoy spending time sitting in their human companion’s laps, they also love to play. If left alone, they can happily entertain themselves with a toy.

Maine Coon Cat

Maine Coon cats are easy to recognize because of their large size and long fur. These cats are very inquisitive and like to be around their human companions. At the same time, they tend to be independent and are okay with being left alone for periods of time. Additionally, they’re very relaxed and easygoing, so they don’t mind being picked up. Generally, they get along well with other pets.

Abyssinian Cats

Known for being affectionate and loyal, these shorthaired cats tend to develop strong bonds with their human companions. Abyssinian cats are energetic and love attention, so they make great playmates. They’re also very intelligent, which makes them easy to train, and because of their short coats, they require very little grooming.

Birman Cats

Birman cats tend to be exceedingly friendly and easygoing. This breed is identifiable by its blue eyes and medium-length coat. They love to receive affection from adults and children and enjoy spending time with their human companions. If you have a cat-friendly dog, Birman cats can be a good option as their mellow nature means they get along with other animals.

A Word From Nina Nandy’s Cat


Hi, my name is Lionel and I am a long haired tuxedo likely Maine Coon mix with giant kitten mittens and a big fluffy tail. I was a stray roaming the mean streets of Albuquerque until the age of one and a half when I was picked up by Animal Humane and neutered. My Nina Nandy Photohuman mommy, Nina Nandy, came in to meet me and though she was very sweet I was scared. Nina took me home and I was nervous because I had never lived inside before. She gave me lots of love and treats and toys but I would hide and one day I saw a way out and I ran away! I know she was very worried about me and put up flyers all over town and even went door to door looking for me. It took a few months and animal control picked me up and put me in the west side shelter and because I was microchipped Nina was able to find me again. Now I know to never run away again because I have the best life ever! I have all the cuddles, snuggles and treats a kitty could ever have and all the best toys! I particularly enjoy my giant black and white cat tree because it matches my colors, my window seat where I can catch all the sun I want, getting hair all over everything particularly clean laundry and generally being naughty. =^.^= Check out pictures, videos  and the latest antics of me, Lionel the snugglisest, most mischievous kitty in the world !