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PURR-FECTLY FIT – A Guide to Keeping your Siberian Cat Healthy and Active

Welcome to our cat fitness corner, dedicated to helping you keep your Siberian cat healthy, happy and active! 

Siberian cats are known for their playful and energetic nature; making regular exercise essential for their well-being.  In this guide, we will explore the importance of cat fitness, fun ways to keep your Siberian cat active and tips for safe and effective fitness.



Like their wild ancestors, domestic cats have natural hunting instincts and need opportunities to stalk, pounce and play.  Without adequate exercise, cats can become overweight, leading to a variety of health issues, including diabetes, arthritis and heart disease.  Keeping your cat active can also prevent behavioural problems caused by boredom and excess energy.

Playing with your kitten is not only fun – it is an important part of the bonding process between you and your pet!  Kittens need plenty of playtime and socialization to grow into happy, well-adjusted adult cats.

Kittens learn a lot about socialization from their mother and siblings.  This early interaction is crucial for their development, as they learn important feline behaviours, communication skills and boundaries.  Playing with their littermates helps kittens develop important physical and social skills, such as balance, coordination and understanding of social cues.

Besides learning from their siblings, kittens also benefit from positive interactions with people during this critical period.  Early exposure to humans helps kittens become comfortable with people and can make them more confident and friendly as adult cats.


Breeders and owners need to provide kittens with a safe and stimulating environment where they can learn and grow.  This includes providing plenty of opportunities for socialization with other cats and humans, as well as providing toys and enrichment activities to support their physical and mental development.



Whenever you play with your kitten, you are building trust and affection.  Cat toys that keep your cat happy, busy and entertained will ultimately decrease destructive behaviours such as scratching and marking outside the litter box.

Pet stores are full of cat toys.  Here are some of the common ones you will see.

·         Tunnels and Hideaways

·         Crinkly Toys

·         Feather Toys

·         Catnip Toys

·         Cat Trees and Scratching Posts

·         Food Puzzle Toys

·         Wand Toys.

·         Balls and Mice Toy

·         Scratching Posts


·         Household Items, like toilet paper rolls and bottle caps



1.       Start slowly and gradually increase the intensity and duration of your cat’s exercise routine.

2.       Use positive reinforcement, such as threats or praise, to encourage your cat to participate.

3.       Monitor your cat’s weight and adjust the diet and exercise routine as needed.

4.       Always provide fresh water and a safe environment for your cat to exercise in.



A fit cat is a happy cat!  By incorporating regular exercise into your cat’s routine, you can help it stay healthy, happy and mentally stimulated.  Remember to consult with your veterinarian before starting any new fitness routine; especially if your cat has any health concerns.



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