Fitness Lessons From a Cat

Be a fit cat, not a fat cat!

fast cat

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Our daughters each have a cat. Neither of them are right in the head–the cats, not the kids. Then again, I don’t think I’ve ever had a pet that was “normal”. I just realized–maybe it’s me. I digress.

I’ve never really been a cat person. Oddly enough, I do find them interesting. In my observations, I have noticed a few things.

Rest - Cats sleep. A LOT! I don’t know if they ever get deep enough into sleep to reach the REM state. Think about it, ever seen a cat sleep and say, “Aw, he’s dreaming of chasing a rabbit?” I don’t think so. On the other hand, they take a lot of short naps. You know–cat naps.

I wouldn’t recommend avoiding long bouts of sleep every night. But studies have shown that adding a nap during the day improves productivity.

Eat - Don’t start eating cat food. That is not the point. What is the point is that cats are generally finicky eaters. Look, you can drop just about anything on the floor and a dog will inhale it without actually touching it. It really is an amazing spectacle.

Cats on the other hand will sniff it. If it happens to be fish, maybe some kind of dairy product, they’ll think about it. Drop a Twinkie on the ground, and the cat may just give you the finger– or at least the kitty version of the finger, which is to turn around and show you their butt.

You don’t have to be finicky, but learn from the feline, and eat sensibly. Make sure that you have fish and dairy in your diet, and flip off anybody that offers you a Twinkie.

Play - For no apparent reason to us, cats will decide that they have to go over to the other side of the house… right now… really fast. For us, this typically means that the other cat was laying quietly somewhere else, and needed to be chased. Actually, our girls do this also.

The cats will stalk a balled up piece of paper. When the unsuspecting paper isn’t looking, the cat will pounce, swat at it, and then chase it down. This will go on for ten, maybe as long as twenty minutes. The bottom line is that they play.

Taking a timeout from sleeping, and peering out the window, a cat will get it’s exercise by acting like a spaz. It’s good for them, and entertaining for us.

In reality, living like a feline may not give you nine lives, but it may just make your one life sweeter.

In my observations, I have noticed a few things.

  • Rest – Cats sleep. A LOT! I don’t know if they ever get deep enough into sleep to reach the REM state. Think about it, ever seen a cat sleep and say, “Aw, he’s dreaming of chasing a rabbit?” I don’t think so. On the other hand, they take a lot of short naps. You know–cat naps.

I wouldn’t recommend avoiding long bouts of sleep every night. But studies have shown that adding a nap during the day improves productivity.

  • Eat – Don’t start eating cat food. That is not the point. What is the point is that cats are generally finicky eaters. Look, you can drop just about anything on the floor and a dog will inhale it without actually touching it. It really is an amazing spectacle.

Cats on the other hand will sniff it. If it happens to be fish, maybe some kind of dairy product, they’ll think about it. Drop a Twinkie on the ground, and the cat may just give you the finger– or at least the kitty version of the finger, which is to turn around and show you their butt.

You don’t have to be finicky, but learn from the feline, and eat sensibly. Make sure that you have fish and dairy in your diet, and flip off anybody that offers you a Twinkie.

  • Play – For no apparent reason to us, cats will decide that they have to go over to the other side of the house… right now… really fast. For us, this typically means that the other cat was laying quietly somewhere else, and needed to be chased. Actually, our girls do this also.

The cats will stalk a balled up piece of paper. When the unsuspecting paper isn’t looking, the cat will pounce, swat at it, and then chase it down. This will go on for ten, maybe as long as twenty minutes. The bottom line is that they play.

Taking a timeout from sleeping, and peering out the window, a cat will get it’s exercise by acting like a spaz. It’s good for them, and entertaining for us.

Living like a feline may not give you nine lives, but it may just make your one life sweeter.


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6 Responses to “Fitness Lessons From a Cat”

  1. Anne says:

    Great, I just spit coffee on my monitor!!!!! Todd, that was one of the funniest things I’ve read in awhile.

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  3. Tim says:

    LMAO Very good points, and nicely delivered. The kitty-middle-finger is probably the funniest thing that I’ve read today.

  4. Todd says:

    Glad that you two enjoyed it. @Anne, I hope that the coffee got all cleaned up. Yet another reason that LCD’s should be water proof. :-)

  5. Greg says:

    This is hilarious. Spot on, too.

    Talking about how a dog will eat anything – I once had a dog that loved apples. When my wife got one to eat, he’d focus on it with such rapt attention that she couldn’t take the pressure.

    He wasn’t right in the head, either…

  6. Todd says:

    Hahaha I can picture that.
    Growing up we had a collie, and she LOVED cheese. I could go in the kitchen and rattle around pretty much everything in there. As soon as I touched a cheese wrapper, she was under foot.

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