23 Apr Fit not fat
February 13, 2017 |
Sr. Candice Ramsay
Physical activity in animals is just as important as it is in humans! For some dogs, their only exercise is a short walk or 2 each day and this is largely only to relieve themselves, not solely to encourage exercise. Most indoor cats have no reason to hunt for prey, defend their territory, or (let’s be honest) do little more than walk to their dish for a meal.
Unless encouraged by their owners dogs and cats spend most of their day napping. My fleet at home are usually only encouraged by the 4pm hadeda arriving at the bottom of the garden – big dreams my little Maltese has…
The more weight there is to carry around, the more inactive your dog or cat becomes and the harder it gets to exercise and reduce weight. It’s a vicious cycle!
YOU are the key to a successful fitness program for your cat or dog. YOU set the routine, find the motivation, use your creativity and are responsible for getting your pet exercising! All exercise plans should start off slowly, initially exercising your pet only as much as they can comfortably perform- especially if your pet is fat and out of shape- working up to 30 minutes twice a day for dogs and 15 minutes once or twice a day for cats.
Exercise and of course diet. Once weight loss occurs, your pet should be able to exercise for longer and the amount and intensity can gradually be increased. As weight loss occurs most pets will respond with an increase in mobility and energy level! That fat labby you have that sleeps at the bottom of the driveway will start to seem like that puppy you remember!