While we wouldn't advise trying the "pinch an inch" test on your cats, overweight kitties deserve some help. Whether you have indoor cats, outdoors cats or "indoor-outdoor" felines, the right products can help your beloved pet to slim down and have fun.
Meet the official testers for our feline fitness challenge: Bob, a six-month-old tabby kitten from the animal shelter, and Missy, a three-year-old cat from a rescue group. Here are the products that are Bob-and-Missy-approved:
- Destruction decoys: When the weather is bad, cats seem to be particularly prone to sharpening their claws on sofas, carpet and (ouch) your blue jeans. Bob found his match with SmartCat Bootsie's Combination Scratcher (click for details). And Missy got happy with Petlinks Scratchers Welcome Catnip Enhanced Scratch Mat.
- Round and round and round they go: Get your cats started by pushing the ball in the Bergan Turbo Scratcher Cat Toy. They'll catch on and try to catch the ball as it goes round and round. Bonus: Sprinkle catnip in the center of the Bergan Turbo Scratcher Cat Toy to attract the cats (click for details).
- Get ready for serious fun time with a laser pointer. Where'd it go? Turn out the lights and watch the cats run around trying to grab the red dot. Recommended: SmartyKat LocoLaser Interactive Laser Pointer (click for more information).
What toys do your cats like? How do you keep them entertained and fit? Post your comments below.