Playtime Ideas for Your Cat

November 4, 2020

Sending Messages

Has your cat been climbing over your keyboard as you try to work? Or pawing at the pages when you read a book? Your cat might be trying to communicate! Namely: “Let’s play!” Here are some ideas for activities to keep your feline friend stimulated and happy.

Perks

Why should you incorporate play in your day? Start with these advantages:

  • Bond
    Let your love grow by spending time playing together.
  • Maintain Weight
    Exercise from playtime can keep your cat active and in good shape.
  • Release Energy
    Playtime can help dispel anxious or negative energy.
  • Have Fun
    Also, it’s just plain joyful!

Pointers

Here are some practical pieces of advice from The Spruce Pets:

  • “Keep a rotating array of toys on hand. Some good cat toys you can buy are wand toys, catnip mice, and crinkly catnip things.
  • Put the toys away after playtime. If a toy is always out, it can become boring and unrealistic to a kitty, like a mouse that never goes away.”

Homemade

The Spruce article made  an excellent point: “Some great toys you already have at home: wads of paper, straws, and plastic rings from milk or juice containers.” You don’t need to buy expensive gadgets to keep your cat entertained. Just the novelty of a crinkly piece of wrapping paper, length of a shoelace, or the texture of bubble wrap could keep cats engaged and stimulated. Supervise your cat with these items though. Ingestion can lead to a costly foreign body emergency. 

Be Patient

Your cat might not pounce on your attempts to play right away. Sometimes it may seem your cat doesn’t really want to play, but they’re actually planning for attack (in a playful way!). If you give up too easily they will too, so hang in there and play along.

Come. Stay. Heal.

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