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My Overweight Cat Does NOT Want to Exercise

Updated on August 21, 2011

My Special Sammy

Cat weight watching

I have a confession. I don’t like going to the gym. So, I TOTALLY understand why my adorable Sammy does not want to turn his lifestyle 180 by abruptly becoming “active.”

My cute, loving, wondercat is a three-year-old neutered male who weighs 15 pounds. (That’s 150 in people-pounds.) He is just a little bit too meaty. Thank goodness he is not at the point of having his belly dragging the ground (I dated a guy whose family included “Puff” the cat. She looked like someone took a pig and attached a cat’s head. Barf.) However, the vet says he is too heavy. We can’t feel his ribs. And, he is an expert at inactivity.

Napping does not burn a lot of calories

Napping is a cat's duty

Ok – I exaggerate. There is the occasional scamper around the house. Also, he might chase after a toy mouse which is thrown. But, being a cat, that behavior is subject to his mood, the day, the zodiac sign, moon phase, you name it…

Hiding in a box burns 2 calories per hour, if you're lucky

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The cat food issue is under control, ahem....

I do notice that the type of cat food we are serving has an effect on his activity and liveliness.  My partner (technically the “master” of Sammers and his mama) can get penny-wise, pound-foolish sometimes.  He succumbs to the temptation to save a few shekels by buying mainstream brand-name food.  However, if I buy their food, I go with the more expensive vet-recommended victuals.  I definitely see a difference in the kids’ liveliness (and if the company wants to pay me to be a spokesperson, I’ll gladly reveal the name of the food, hahaha.)

An indoor cat issue

If you haven’t figured it out: Sammy is an indoor cat.  We (his human cat-food-giver staff) both work part-time.  So, we do have time, if not the inclination, to lead a feline “sweatin’ to the oldies” class for Sammy and his mom.   By the way, his mama is normal-to-thin.  The vet also said that when you have a two-cat household, often one cat is thin and the other is fat (ok, pleasingly plump, Sammers.)  I guess this phenomenon may be the result of the fatso scarfing up any leftovers that the healthy, sensible cat leaves.

Sam and his mom

Cat exercise

Back to my dilemma. I think I can effect all the needed changes in food type and portions. My challenge is getting the kids to buy into the exercise component. We have many toys, really I think every type there is. But, when I bring one out and start shaking-throwing-coaxing, Sammy is highly likely to ignore me. (On the other paw, his mother is likely to give me a look that says “Did someone forget to give you your meds today?” She’s a tough one, that mama.) Must I coat every toy in catnip to instigate some interest?

Sammy is easy to love
Sammy is easy to love


My heartfelt quest, then, is to discover how to get my cats and me into a daily Canadian Air Force sort of exercise habit. They’re worth it!


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    • Maren Morgan M-T profile image

      Maren Elizabeth Morgan 7 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks! I WILL try any new ideas, though, about exercise. Today their daddy brought a live cicada into the sunporch - that rekindled Sam's hunting instincts. He engaged in quite a chase! Hmmmm.... maybe we could get rich selling ciadas????? lol

    • suziecat7 profile image

      suziecat7 7 years ago from Asheville, NC

      My cats are fat. They do what they want to do. Fun Hub.