Playing means a lot to a cat. It benefits largely from interactive play, and also it increases the bond between you and the cat. It serves as mental exercise, physical exercises, reduces boredom, reduces stress and makes the pet happy all the time. It is important to use the right type of toys to make play time interesting and beneficial to both of you.
Things to keep in mind when playing with a cat
Playing with a cat is more of role playing. The cat acts as a predator, while you were using a toy acts like prey. It will look even more amazing when your play ground is filled with things like pillows, bags, and boxes. This will act like grass, trees, rocks where they predator can hide to catch its prey.
Copy the prey’s actions
Make sure to play your role well. Decide on the right toy to attach to a string. It can be a fish, bird, or a mouse. Let the toy move as per its role. If it is a mouse, for example, let it run up and down walls, let it hide behind the bags when it sees the cat. You can even make it pause, the run-away very fast when the cat approaches. If you choose a bird, let it fly high and other times let it land on the ground. Give the birds time to feed itself. Remember cats do not run after birds that fly too high.
Do not leave the cat frustrated
Give the cat a chance to catch its prey. Give it the satisfaction of becoming a winner. Otherwise next time it will not play because it always loses. A game is interesting when both of you win.
Do not tire it too much
Yes, we said the play is important for the kitty, but too much of everything is poisonous. Do not overdo everything. If you notice the cat is breathing heavily and panting, let it relax, it is tired.Keep play time safe and moderate. Just like human beings, start your exercise with slow movements and increase gradually. Towards the end of the game, slow down once more. This is very healthy for your pet.If you carefully observe the above, play time will always be fun. Your cat will look forward to it and above all, it wills stay healthy and happy.