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How to Exercise Cats

Just like everyone else, the majority of cats are estimated to be overweight or obese. "Exercise improves their health by increasing mobility in their joints and keeping them trim," says Dr. Jane Brunt, DVM, executive director of CATalyst Council. Chubby cats are in danger of more than laziness: Extra weight can cause arthritis in felines, and it also puts them at higher risk of developing diabetes and serious liver conditions. Help your cat stay in tiptop shape with Dr. Brunt's exercise suggestions.

By Alison Goldman

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Run a laser pointer or flashlight along the floor in jagged motions. Stop occasionally to let your cat catch the "prey," and reward him with a treat.

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