Is Your Cat Getting More and More Chubby?

This is Raja, our overweight cat!

Raja started out a reasonably svelte 12 lbs when we got her from a local shelter at age 7. Then, barely 2 years later, she was up to a hefty 15 lbs!

Diet cat foods were no help. Then, I happened to read a book: "Your Cat, Simple New Secrets To A Longer, Stronger Life" and it changed everything.

We invite you to follow our quest for a healthy weight-loss plan for this funny, personable and very talkative cat.

Hopefully, together we can help all our cats live healthier and thinner lives!

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Any Ideas About How To Get Our Fat Cat To Exercise?

Help my fat cat exercise!As hunters, our cats need exercise to maintain their alertness and keep their bodies in shape. It's not just a matter of diet, especially for older cats. The trouble is, the fatter the cat, the less inclined he/she is to exercise at all.

Which brings up the problem with our cat, Raja. She's not terribly fat (about 4 pounds overweight), she's mostly just lazy or maybe a little spoiled, at least that's our guess.

So, to add some excitement to Raja's life and to help her lose weight and keep it off, we really need your help with answers to this daunting question:

Does anybody know how to get our chubby cat to exercise?

Raja has lots of cat toys, small mice, catnip birds, balls, etc. She will bat them around occasionally but only for a few seconds. Then she plops down and lays on top of her toys and just stares at us!

Here's what we've tried so far with very little luck:
  • ping pong balls
  • balls with bells inside
  • yarn ball
  • fabric balls
  • catnip mice
  • stuffed mice and birds (with and without catnip)
  • colorful mouse on a string attached to a stick (This gets Raja a little interested for a short while: She bats it around if I dangle it right in front of her. She even moves to chase it for a second. Then she lays down and bats it from a reclining position. How lazy can you get?!)
  • "Da Bird" (It's feathers on a string attached to a pole. The feathers twirl as you wave the pole back and forth through the air.) She really likes this, but will only chase it in the beginning and then only for a few minutes before she collapses on her back and wants to paw at it from that position. She just doesn't like to run. She seems healthy and strong enough (she will run after it for a little while), but she prefers to bat at it on her back. Even then, she gets bored with it after a few minutes and just watches it go by instead of batting at it.

Our most recent shot at getting Raja interested in something other than lying on the couch:
  • Weasel Ball (it's a battery operated ball with a furry "weasel" attached that rolls around the floor by itself.) She is fascinated by it (stares at it from a distance) but won't go near it. I think it frightens her a bit because it's kinda big and moves a lot.
  • Remote controlled mouse. We got a small one from a garage sale that only worked a few minutes at a time, but she really loved it! She chased it around and batted it quite a bit. Problem is our place has wall-to-wall carpeting and the little mouse won't run on the carpet. We had to use it in the kitchen which is not one of Raja's hangouts, plus this mouse didn't work very well.


Does anybody know of a remote controlled mouse that can run OK on a carpeted floor?

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Does anybody have any other suggestions for cat toys / cat exercise items that we could try?

P.S. Raja's not a real jumper or climber, so those multi-level kitty condos won't work. Not to mention how much space they would take up in our townhouse! By the way, Raja does have a window perch which she uses sometimes. She can't jump right to it, but we have furniture nearby that she uses to easily climb up to it.

So, if anyone has suggestions for getting our semi-lazy cat off her duff and exercising, please let us know! Not only will it help Raja lose weight, but it will benefit all readers of this blog too.

Please click ADD COMMENT or Post a Comment at the end of this post to leave your suggestion. We really appreciate any help you can offer!

Thanks in advance,

Tom and Lynn


  1. Two words,....... LASER LIGHT!!! My putty tat LOVES it! I shine on the wall and he can jump as high as 5 feet. Keeps him active and it's fun for him and me. He keeps me in stitches. Good luck

  2. Thanks for the comment! If only Raja would chase the laser light. We've tried it and she doesn't even look at it. Maybe she's nearsighted?

    In any case thanks for the suggestion.

  3. Does Raja like treats? I currently have a *very* overweight foster kitty and I will place a few treats around the house that he has to hunt for. I have him jumping and running around quite a bit! You can also buy hollow balls that you put treats in--the cat has to roll the ball around to shake the treats out.

  4. That's a good idea. However, she doesn't like treats, but maybe we could use catnip or something else.

    In any case thanks for the idea!

  5. Well, I'm eating my words! Lynn just bought a "LocoLaser" by SmartyKat and for some reason Raja loves it!

    She actually chases it (for a while at least.)

    Why does she prefer this laser light and not the one we had before? I'm not sure but it looks like this light casts a wider beam so it's more noticeable to Raja.

    Anyway, if your cat is "laser-light-resistant" maybe this will work for you too!

    You can see the "LocoLaser" at

    Looks like it can be purchased at Walgreens, WalMart, Petco and Target.


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