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Feline Friday – #33 – feline fitness tips


frankie in box

To save money on a scratching box I made one by inserting refill scratching boards in a cardboard box. The cats were happily using it to sharpen their claws until Frankie decided to take it over as his personal gym. However, I must say, it is put to good use. So here are some tips.

The way to utilize it for the best workout seems to be to start off in a relaxed position with back legs crossed, as shown in the photo above.

frankie in box

Then press the head and front paws against the side of the box with back paws curled.

frankie in box

Step three:  press head against side of box with front legs extended for low resistance.

frankie in box

Step four is a subtle movement from step three. Front legs are fully extended for maximum resistance, head brought up out of box. Note, back legs remain in same position for support.

frankie in box

Next up is the half circle move. Precise arcing of the back is very important but don’t expect to achieve it the first time. Frankie had many failures before perfecting this position. Note that the left front and back paws must touch but not overlap. This assures you are in the correct arc position.

frankie in box

Step 6 is the relaxed arc to release tension. This is not to be confused with the beginning position which allows the tail to flop out of the box. Positions 2 through 6 require the tail to be carefully controlled inside the box.

frankie in box

The second half of this workout takes place outside the box. It’s important at this point to get some good stretching going. All four legs, head and tail must be engaged.

frankie in box

If you don’t happen to own the Official Feline Olympic Paw Pull Training Set some improvisation is perfectly fine. In this case I used some decorative ribbon and a fluffy ball attached to a larger box. Just make sure the apparatus provides sufficient tension for a good workout.

frankie in box

With claws engaged in the ribbon, pull the upper body upwards. Make sure tail is pointing towards ceiling for good balance.

frankie in box

This is optional but it can be a good idea to end the session with a teeth strengthening maneuver. Just be sure to grasp the ribbon firmly with the paws to alleviate excessive pressure on the mouth.

frankie and freddie

An exercise routine such as this every morning can keep you in tip top condition in order to participate in the much beloved sport of Feline Olympic Multi-weight Wrestling.

Frankie and Freddie

Because you are in great shape with muscles of steel you will not feel intimidated by a much bigger opponent.


Especially one like Freddie who evidently does not have a regular exercise routine and has let himself go to flab!

So the message here is to keep up that workout and fear no-one!

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Author: RMW

I am an explorer and creative person. I've had many jobs, careers and interests... everything in life and the universe fascinates me. Born in Brighton, England, I've lived my entire adult life in Los Angeles, California. A few years ago I rediscovered photography which is a great excuse to get outside and look. I'm also in the process of re-writing some of my unpublished short stories and possibly a novel. .

16 thoughts on “Feline Friday – #33 – feline fitness tips

  1. That last picture is a little porno….just saying…..


    • Well, Kate, I did speak to Frankie (and Freddie) about wearing wrestling outfits. In fact I stayed up for many nights hand sewing costumes with sequins and rhinestones with their respective initials F and F. But Frankie (and Freddie) reminded me the ancient Greek Olympic athletes wrestled in the nude. As the Feline Olympic Wrestling Competition is relatively new (honestly, I had never heard of it before) they wanted to stay true to the original form. Frankie (and Freddie) being very persuasive, I acquiesced. They assured me there was absolutely nothing sexual about this preference (they are both eunichs, after all). The good news is I was able to sell the admittedly rather garish outfits on eBay for a good sum to a Chihuahua wrestling team who, apparently, were willing to make the necessary alterations. As it turns out their names were Foofie and Fifi (don’t ask) so it all worked out perfectly! But I appreciate your concern.

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      • It’s been a long time since I heard the term eunuchs! So glad that your stitching didn’t go to waste. I will have to check my TV for cat wrestling. Sounds like something my cats may like (or want to do).

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  2. Thanks so much for the tips. Hilarious, Roslyn. 😀


  3. Great shots, Roslyn! Frankie looks exactly like my old cat, Rudy…same color and markings.


  4. Ha, ha lovely fun photos of dear animals.


  5. OM,om,you and your adorable furry kids are absolutely unpredictable!What a post,dear Roslyn!Stunned by Frankie’s postures and your well-synchronised tips.How did you manage to put them together so accurately!As for Freddie,he sets a perfect example,I’ll start running for my life from now on …
    What do you expect and you don’t start writing a second “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” and be another T. S. Eliot …


  6. Thank you Doda… you always find something to say to motivate me! There are no shortage of cat antics at this house…. the problem is getting them to stay still for a few seconds!

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  7. Great images Roslyn, you’re so creative.


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