Other than housing, food
and love, exercise is also important to keep your stud cat in good
health. All too often it seems the boys in a breeding program get
‘ignored’ until it’s time to breed. In several species it is the
often are credited with the care of the offspring and in many cases
This doesn’t mean that a
male cat should get attention at
breeding time only. Indeed, although cats are loners and sometimes
more so they still need
daily care and conditioning. Unlike horses
which can be
ridden or dogs which can be put on a treadmill cats are a different
it comes to exercise. Cats are….well, CATS! They do precious little
don’t want to do. So how
to get these boys muscled up and in shape?
Use their instincts.
Create an environment and housing that
they exercise as part of the daily routine. Don’t tell them it’s
- One way of doing this is
having a large indoor/outdoor area
and in both have different levels...
- ramps leading to higher shelves and
different levels along the wall.
- You might have a resting area a couple
off the ground which is where they snooze. This might be a deck chair
easily cleaned sitting bench or it might even be a shelf attached to
- Many cats think UP…so in designing your boy’s
cage you do the same!
You might put a tree
branch that is suspended from one side
to another, giving a natural place to scratch and play on.
- Have a wide
with a hole that his bowl fits in about four feet off the ground…when
dinner time he’ll get up there.
- Hide treats on the different levels and
the water on another “shelf” where he must move or jump to get it.
- If he’s a cat that likes
toys spend time playing with him
even if it’s chasing a string or a feathered toy on a cheap fishing
not only gets him running, turning and exercising but it also gives him
for those natural stalking and hunting instincts that he
Obviously if your male is
injured or ill you will need to
alter slightly and have feed and water where he can reach it without
exercising. You might need to confine him to just inside for a while.
One would hope that is
the exception. A busy
active cat is
less likely to get bored. He can entertain himself
firmly suspended toy, places within his ‘room’ to explore and
Cats are active animals
and putting them to simply sleeping
on the sofa for 10 hours per day may not be the best for their health.
activity it also stimulates food intake and helps to make overall
of that we see in the coat and condition but some is expressed only in
contented cat that has a balance of snoozing and stalking!
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