Having fun with your feline friend isn't just a fantastic bonding experience, it's also great for their bodies and minds.
Play is essential to having a healthy, well-adjusted kitty, and it’s enjoyable for you, too! So, we’ve compiled some of our favorite tips and tricks to make sure you have the purrrfect play-time.
EVERYDAY ITEMS ARE TOYS, TOO
Most household items can be turned into a toy for a playful cat, but while considering what to incorporate into your routine, think about what appeals to the feline senses: small objects, crunchy textures and movement. Gentle noises like crinkling or tinkling bells are great too, but some cats might be alarmed by anything louder. Below are a few things that can easily be turned into play-time props.
- Cardboard boxes
- Crumpled paper balls
- Ping Pong balls
- Paper towel roll
SIGNS YOUR CAT IS FEELING PLAYFUL
Your furry friend may not be able to speak, but she certainty can communicate. Keep an eye out for body language that says “let’s play!”.
- Dilated pupils and flat ears
- Chirping and meowing
- Crouched position
- Impulsive play with surrounding objects
RULES OF THE GAME
So, you’ve gathered toys and your feline is feelin’ it. Now what? The best play appeals to her predatory instincts: searching, stalking, chasing, pouncing, and catching. Cats are neophilic, which means “excited by novelty”. So, toys left out will soon become boring. They should be randomly rotated and subsequently put away after play periods in order to keep things fresh. Additionally, games should end on a positive note before your cat gets bored.
As play time draws to a close, we recommend ending things with a treat and some kitty cuddles. Have a pawsome time!