Exercise is important, certainly.
And we provide the cats with a variety of toys to encourage them to romp and frolic.
Yes, a variety. It’s not all balls, really.
But, to update an old saying, you can lead a cat to exercise, but you can’t make him work out.
We’ve learned that some days the most exercise you can convince them to get is shaking a ball free when it gets snagged on a claw.
It may not be much in the way of caloric expenditure, but at least it teaches a valuable lesson in claw control.