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My Fat Cat Wants to Get in Shape!

Updated on December 7, 2012

Meet Sebastian!

My cat, Sebastian, is fat. I don't mean to sound insulting, but it is just a fact. He is very much like me in that he loves to eat! The problem is that Sebbie's favorite sport is sleeping, and mine is sitting on my comfy chair working on my laptop (like I am doing right now)!

Sebastian and I decided we needed to do something about the squishy parts of ourselves together. After all, it's easier to lose weight with teamwork. Well, I've been trying to use my treadmill a few times a week, but my fat cat will have nothing to do with it. (We tried to teach him to walk on it, but he let us know that it was NOT something he wanted to do!)

We've decided to try to find a way for him to exercise that is more cat appropriate. Sebastian has picked some of his favorite choices to exercise, but we can't decide which one is best for him. Perhaps you can help us decide and share your thoughts below. :-D

Exercise is important for cats, too!

Healthy Cats

We want Sebbie to get moving to help him lose his extra weight so he will be healthier and happier. There are several things we will do to try to help him including using toys to encourage him to bat, pounce, and chase and creating fun play areas for him using cardboard boxes, chairs, crates, and other safe objects!

If you would like to find out more ways to improve your cat's health, please visit these links.

Cat Exercises from the Cat Channel.

Fat Cats: Questions and Answers for Getting Your Tubby Tabby Back into Shape from Healthy Cats Guide!

Sebastian loves to catch mice! - (I wonder if something this simple will help him exercise!)

OurPets Play-N-Squeak MouseHunter Squeaking Interactive Cat Toy
OurPets Play-N-Squeak MouseHunter Squeaking Interactive Cat Toy

Well, Sebastian is a fabulous mouser. He love to hunt and pounce around when he suspects that a little critter is trying to make its way into his territory. Perhaps this squeaky mouse toy will keep him active in exercise! Does your cat like to stalk and chase?


Walking the Cat! - (The dog may get jealous!)

PetSafe Come With Me Kitty Harness and Bungee Leash, Large, Red
PetSafe Come With Me Kitty Harness and Bungee Leash, Large, Red

Why not take Fluffy along with Fido on the family walks? I always feel bad when we take our pup, Angel, out for a walk and have to leave poor Sebbie alone at home. Maybe the feline would like to come on a walk, too! This special harness allows a safe restrain against the shoulders instead of of the throat.


Tunnel Running & Climbing - Which way is which?

ABO Gear Fun Tunnel for Cats
ABO Gear Fun Tunnel for Cats

Over 4 feet long of tunnel to run through, roll and rub in, whack the ball hanging from a string, or hide from your crazy humans while you peek out of the peepholes with this exercise toy! A fold-able steel frame helps keep it strong and is easy to store when not in use.


Climbing the Cat Tree - ( You won't need to call the fire department for this kitty tree!)

Feline Funhouse!

Outdoor Feline Funhouse
Outdoor Feline Funhouse

Sebastian certainly prefers the indoors, but he needs to be out and getting some fresh air, too! This strong, easy to fold enclosure allows cats to be outside safely enjoying some rays of sun!


An Outdoor Play Area

Kittywalk KWC750 Curves, Set of 4
Kittywalk KWC750 Curves, Set of 4

Kitty is free to roam around a bit outside but able to stay in the yard safely! Many other pieces such as straight tunnels, platforms, and more may be attached to create larger walk areas for cats.


Cat Exercise Wheel

Toy Go Round Wheel Cat Exercise Treadmill
Toy Go Round Wheel Cat Exercise Treadmill

"Toy-Go-Round 41 inch heavy plastic wheel with new improved bearing system and tension ability ~ bad behavior based on boredom or the desire to get out is lessened with exercise ~ you and your friends will be amazed as you watch your cat run and run and play on the wheel."


These cats are an exercise inspiration!

Please help us choose for Sebastian! :D

Which exercise equipment would you choose?

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How do you help your pets exercise? - Thanks for your opinions! I treasure and will use them to help Seb.

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      nabrudigam 6 years ago

      Buy him a kitten. I bought mine a kitten and they chase each other all the time.

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      JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @TravelingRae: LOL - sounds like my exercise plan! :)

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      TravelingRae 6 years ago

      My cats stay fit by having to jump and climb onto their lounging areas.

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      Bernie 6 years ago from Corbin, KY

      so do i

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      kingsrookie lm 6 years ago

      If io had my way, cat wheel hands down:) My cat is fat too:(

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      FuzziesFriend 7 years ago

      What a show! Love cats and watching the Bengals on the exercise wheel was amazing! I keep looking at all these great Lenses I'll never get my published. Gotta' learn first. Thanks JoyfulPamala... I'll be back

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      kt_glasses 7 years ago

      love your tips and ideas!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Poor Sebastian. :) Thanks for caring enough to help him get healthy! And for being a crazy cat person we love.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 7 years ago

      Great advice!