Bengal cat mom and kittens on the treadmill
This is a cute mini-video of a Bengal cat mom and her two kittens doing a daily workout on a feline treadmill. It is good to see. I love to see cats exercising. Treadmills are still fairly rare in homes perhaps because cat owners are unsure if their cat will use it.
How many cat products bought with great passion and love are discarded because the cat can see no use in it? A lot I suspect. But one of the great problems in the way of life of indoor domestic cats is getting enough to do. There aren't enough challenges. Cats are fed and pampered. There is no need for them to exercise their hunting skills and their brains.
Result? Boredom and sometimes obesity to the detriment of their overall health and welfare. Cats need to challenged just like humans.
Note: this video is likely to stop working at some time in the future as it appears to be in possible breach of copyright. If it does fail I am sorry but I have no control over it.
A car (not a typo!) needs to be used to keep it in good condition. Animals including the human-animal are exactly the same. There needs to be a campaign to encourage cat owners of full-time indoor cats to up their game to devise ways to encourage their beloved feline to work harder both in mind and physically.
As you might expect there is a general trend towards more indoor only domestic cats as the world becomes increasingly urbanised. Humans have got to do better. Just banging up cats for their safety is not the whole process. People have to find genuine substitutes to hunting and a more stimulating environment. Well constructed catios and enclosures plus plenty of play are perhaps the best solutions.
|Bengal cat mom and her kittens on treadmill. Screenshot.|