I have 2 young cats (1.5 years and 8 months). How much activity should they be getting during the day? They seem to be most active in the early morning and then settle down for the majority of the day for naps which I assume is normal for a cat.

How long each day should I try to get them to play apart from their chasing of each other?

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    I don't know the answer to your question, but both cats and dogs are crepescular, which means they are mostly active during dawn and dusk, and will gladly sleep most of the rest of the day if necessary.
    – Steve D
    Oct 8, 2013 at 22:26

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Daily exercise is good for both your kitten's mental and physical well-being. Exercise can help your baby cat avoid problems with his joints later on in life. Basically, getting your cat in the habit of regular physical activity while he's young is the cornerstone to a long healthy life and helps his physical development.

How Much is Enough?

Make sure you're consistent with the amount of exercise your kitten gets. You need to help him build its stamina, and the only way he can do this is by exercising regularly but with caution. At the kitten stage, he's much too young to be doing the rigorous activities that he will be more able to do as he grows older.

The amount of exercise your kitten needs depends on his age, breed and medical condition. Not every breed will be up for a long walk through Central Park. Some breeds are just not built to go the distance, while others are always ready to romp.

But in general

You should try to spend about 10-15 minutes a few times each day engaging your cat in some form of activity. Young cats and kittens will usually take the initiative in engaging you in play, or they will find their own entertainment.

Take a look at : Exercising with Your Cat: A How-To Guide


Exercise is very important for a young kitten/cat.

They should be getting about 1-2 hours a day of exercise. To get them to play just find a game that they both love. For example my kitten will not play unless it is with a mouse. Try buying them a few toys and see which one they like the best.

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