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As some may remember, Tuxedo a previously indoor/outdoor cat had to have his right rear leg removed due to being attacked by a dog just under 2 months ago.  Because of that and the dog still terrorizing other pets in the neighborhood, no way will my little "manster" be going back outside for a while.  But I truly am at a loss of what I can do indoors to get him some safe exercise as I can already see he is trying to put on weight.  Tuxedo is either crawling all over me (not a bad thing but ...) or camped out on top of the refrigerator.  Everytime I find him there I freak out, fearing he will lose his balance & fall, as every now and then he gets a bit wobbly.  I thought three  legged cats are not supposed to be able to jump that high (close to 6 ft) esp ones with hind limb amputations.  

He is always been extremely active for his 9 years & shunned the typical cat toys as being beneath his dignity.  About the only other thing I have been able to get him to do is follow me around the house.  But with my own maneuvering issues, I need a few more other things to try as well.  What sort of activities do your indoor cats do to keep in shape?  Has anyone else had to transition an indoor/outdoor cat to just inside?  How did that go?

I have seen Purrkins on his balance disc.  I made one of my own from a pillow, heavy duty zip lock bags and flour.  Note, if you make one, use several layers of baggies, otherwise you may have one interesting mess.  Yes, I am sure you can guess how I learned that.   Tuxedo would do the treat handstands thing on it for a little while, now he just plops into the middle of it and out waits me.  Ideally, I would like to find something to keep him active for 10 or more minutes at a stretch, preferrably where I do not have to feed him to get him to take part in the activity.

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Purrkins a d Mona will chime in. I'm sure you've already tried a laser light...Ive seen thst work for cats and dogs.

And good fornyou for all your creative DIY techniques!! Sure saves in the pocketbook! 🙂

TUXEDO, YOU ARE NOT A HELICOPTER!!! STAYMOFF THAT REFRIGERATOR!! Youre scaring your Mom...And us too!!

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Purrkins on the balance disc video you saw is a core strengthening exercise, As you were doing with your diy one. Yeah that is not a all day activity, You do want to strengthen Tuxedos core muscles, So good job with the diy one!! We use treats but those are deducted from his daily food intake.

I can tell you Purrkins does the same thing he gets on the fridge and up to the cupboards! He will not give this spot up! That is his favorite look out spot! I lock him out of the kitchen at night and when we are not home to keep him safe! He is now silent going up there! I always help him down if he sneaks up there! Which is too often!!

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Just because they are missing a leg doesn't mean our kitties will stop jumping! For our sakes I wish they did!
We just have to come up with softer landings to protect their remaining legs! Steps or boxes made into steps. Furniture moved around to make things easier for them . That is not easy in the kitchen !?!? I will let you know if I come up with a solution!

Back to your question As Sally mentioned a laser cat toy are inexpensive and should get Tuxedo’s attention. Have you tried a wand toy? A feather toy, A shoe string? Paper bags, boxes, balls, catnip mice! Kitty boinks.
There are so many toys and they don't have to be bought!

Videos on TV of critters. A bird feeder at a window .

Food puzzles are a lot of fun for them! You can make your own food puzzles or buy them. Depends on if Tuxedo eats wet or dry food!. You can hide food his food in different places in the house so he has to hunt his food and work a little bit for his food. Instead of going directly to his bowl.

Food Puzzles for Cats Make Great Tripawd Therapy

Some other ideas websites on making food puzzles

http://foodpuzz.....de-puzzles
http://cattime......ain-active

There is something that makes tuxedo want to move and trial and error you will find somethig he does like.
You might have to use food to motivate him if so just deduct it from his normal daily allowance .

When our cats become overweight they don't want to move as much. Ask us how we know;)
I don't know about other’s but Purrkins is still very active on 3 but I did have to cut his calories back because he was not moving as much! 

Let us know what does work for Tuxedo and if something doesn't we can brainstorm some more!

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I don't think I have much to add to Holly's suggestions. Both of my cats are indoor/outdoor but we do play together indoors. When they are looking for a snack I toss a kibble so Eli has to run for it. Mona just sits on her hind legs to take the kibble in her mouth.

Just about anything can become a toy. When Mona moved in she fringed the top of all of the boxes. 

I had a previous cat who like to play hide and seek. The funny thing was that he would always hide in the last place I hid just like a little child would. My current cats haven't figured out how to play.

I'm sure you will create some games of your own. Cats all seem unique in the way they play and what attracts them. Have fun!

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I have seen Purrkins on his balance disc. I made one of my own from a pillow, heavy duty zip lock bags and flour. Note, if you make one, use several layers of baggies, otherwise you may have one interesting mess. Yes, I am sure you can guess how I learned that.

Eeeek! That is hilarious! Thanks for the tip.

One thing to keep in mind is that the majority of weight loss for pets occurs when we reduce / modify their food intake. This is discussed in the following blog post:

Weight Loss Ideas for Pets on Three (and Four) Legs

Here are some other ideas for ya:

http://amazon.t.....-and-dogs/

Although this post is geared toward front leg amputee cats, the exercises are still fun for rear leggers:

http://tripawds.....nd-tricks/

Let us know what you decide to try. And remember that starting your own TriKitty blog is a great way to document and share your pawgress 🙂

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I got this email this morning thought you would enjoy! 
I love this site! It is a great one to subscribe to for any kitty owner!

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I got this toy in for Tuxedo a few days ago.  It is a dog toy, made for large dogs and it wobbles when hit dropping food out of it.  I decided to get this over the typical ball type treat dispensing lightweight toy because I did not want to be constantly fishing it out from under the couch.  Both Tuxedo and Dazzle know to hit it and get their treats.  Dazzle head butts it and boxes at it.  But, Tuxedo just has to be different.  One of these days I will catch him at it and make a video.  So far I have not been fast enough.  Though I did manage to snap this one picture.  Yes, the picture is a bit blury.  That is because that rear end is in mid swing to the toy.  Every time I see him go at it, it makes me almost laugh.

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Good thinking on not having to dig under the sofa!! 

This will help with boredom, its fun will help him move , use his core and not gain weight!! Great pick!!

Look forward to seeing the video!!

So happy to see you found something that got his interest plus Entertainment for you too;)

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P.S. If you figure out a way to keep Tuxedo off the fridge please let me know!!winker

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Tuxedo cannot wait to see the videomof you and Dazzle outsmarting that "dog toy"! 🙂

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