As cat parents, it’s our job to help them get enough exercise. And here’s the good news - activities like stretching, playing games, and even doing yoga with your cat, have mutual benefits. They help keep your cat active, while also enhancing the bond you share. It’s a win win!
Yoga with Your Cat
Ideally, your cat should get at least 15 minutes of exercise – twice per day. This provides enough physical activity to keep muscles and joints strong, manage stress and anxiety, and help maintain a healthy weight.
That might seem like a lot of work, especially if your cat has gotten used to a sedentary lifestyle. But here’s the good news: most forms of cat exercise also involve spending time with you – and what could be better than that?
Exercising with your cat you ask? Yoga? Yes, and it’s not as strange as you might think. Just watch your cat’s natural movements throughout the day. They intuitively love to stretch and roll around on the floor. Our cats have been yogis this whole time!
Creating a Bond With Your Cat
Beyond the obvious physical benefits, yoga is a great way to enhance your cat-human connection by spending time together in a deeply intentional way. It also includes mental practices like focusing on your breath and aligning it with your movements, which when done together, can help reduce stress and promote positive thinking – for you and your cat.
Trust me, the moment you lay down that yoga mat, your cat will be curious about what you’re doing and want to participate.
Even people who don’t have their own cats are looking for opportunities to do yoga with them, and many organizations even offer cat-yoga events with charitable components. Not only do these events provide a chance to stretch and play in a room filled with purring felines, they also provide opportunities for cats in need to find a place to call their furr-ever home. Do a quick online search to find one of these activities near you.
Scooter, Miles, Jessie and I would also love to see your own ideas for doing yoga together with your cat. Share them on social media and be sure to tag @nowfresh.petfood on Instagram or Facebook so we don’t miss them.