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Like us, cats need exercise to keep healthy. Give yours a workout by taking advantage of her natural behavior.

Share your toys. A cat’s normal movement cycle involves frequent bursts of brief activity followed by rest. To sync up with her rhythm, have your family members take turns dangling string or cat toys for her to bat at.

Toss those kibbles. Cats can not resist a good chase. Entice your kitty to scamper after individual bits of dried food by sliding them across the floor.

Play hard to get. Her attention is at its peak when she is hungry. Before putting your cat’s bowl down, tempt her to follow you as you take a few laps around the couch or dinner table.

Try laser tag. Take advantage of her predatory nature: Use a laser pointer or mini flashlight for your cat’s “hunt” a few times daily, for three to five minutes at each time. At the end of the game, be sure to toss a little toy to your kitty to give her a sense of victory.

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Choose a freshwater fish. Though ocean dwellers tend to be more colorful, their saltwater tanks require much more maintenance.

Want more than one? Guppies are great; they are small, beautiful, inexpensive and friendly. Goldfish are also a popular choice, but they are a bit messier and can grow too big for a starter tank.

Buy a 10-gallon plastic starter tank with a filter. It will hold a few fish and the filter processes waste; clean water is essential for proper breathing.

Consider a Betta. Also known as Siamese fighting fish, they are stunning and do not need much care. You don’t even need a tank with a filter. But Bettas will fight, so only one per bowl!

Don’t overfeed your fish. It is very important to know exactly how much and how often your fish should be eating. Improper feeding can cause serious health problems.

Talk to an aquarium store employee if you have any questions. They tend to be more knowledgeable about fish than the average person working at a regular pet store.

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