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Lower-activity toys for your senior cat

We have a senior cat at home. Casey is 17 now. He likes to spend a lot of his time in bed, but my wife and I try to keep him moving around.

We want to keep him physically fit and mentally sharp, but we try not to push him too much.

The experts at VetSreet.com remind us that many senior cats have arthritis. An older pet also takes longer to recover from injuries, so you need to make sure you don't overdo it.

With cats, a toy doesn't need to be too complicated. They just like to explore and crawl into things.

VetStreet has come up with a list of lower-activity toys for you senior cat:
 

  • Climbing toys are always a hit. Just make sure your cat doesn't need to leap any great distance.
  • With cats, a toy doesn't need to be too complicated. They just like to explore and crawl into things.
  • Paper bags can be a fun hiding place – just make sure that bag, with your cat inside – isn't where someone could step on it.
  • Or put out some cardboard boxes. Set some upside down and others right side up. You can also cut some openings into the sides.
  • Food puzzles can also give your cat some mental and physical exercise as they roll around to get the treats inside.

More Info: Toy Guidelines for Senior Cats

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