Cats love to play games, more than most people think. With countless toys and games to play with your furry friend, read on for the rules of cat play.
Cats think of us as just big dumb cats. No wonder they try to make us their slaves.
But because they think of us as one of them, they also love to play with us. And sometimes, if you aren't a cat, it's difficult to be a good cat playmate.
But in all reality, your cat is satisfied with the simplest of gestures. A box to fit into (sometimes that's a challenge). A dish with food. A few pets on the back.
But playtime isn't just for amusement. It's also about health and stimulation.
Their heart health and their overall condition rely on incorporated playtime, especially if they are indoor cats.
If your cat doesn't get enough playtime, they will exhibit destructive behaviors. They will also become lazier and lazier, fatter and fatter. Soon your vet will be giving you the evil eye for letting this happen.
So, what are some things you can do to play with your cat and give them? Here are the rules of cat play to help you out.
The First Rule Of Cat Play: Always Provide High Places
Cats like to climb things. It's just in their nature. But most houses and apartments aren't built to provide cats high places.
A high place allows the cat to observe their kingdom in safety. This is even more important if you have other animals in the house.
Cat towers are probably the most effective way of doing this. These are usually made of some sort of carpet or upholstery and cardboard tubing or wooden platforms.
If you put this up near a window, you're giving your cat a place to watch the activity outside.
Your cat will run to this spot for playtime and it will become theirs instantly.
It's also a way to stimulate the right scratching behavior.
If you have trouble with your cat scratching on furniture, putting up a cat tower or two will mitigate this behavior.
So, this rule of cat play should be pretty easy to follow. If you build it, they will climb.
The Second Rule Of Cat Play: Always Use String
For some reason cats love string.
As humans, we may not understand it. But it's an essential part of cat play.
You can attach pretty much anything to a string and a cat will give chase.
The best thing to attach to a string is a feather.
Cats love to chase birds. And having that bit of a bird on the end of the string will provide countless hours of fun for your cat.
There are plenty of fanciful toys you can buy on Amazon that employ the string feather technique. And they each have their own features.
One of our favorite toys is the bungee string toy. It usually has some sort of feather or jangly thing on the end.
The great thing about these toys is that they have enough "give" to make cat play a safe tug-game.
Tug on the toy as your cat either tries to drag their prey away or chews on their prey. Eventually, you might get it back and the chase game ensues again.
The Third Rule Of Cat Play: Try To Make Food Time A Game
If you care about your cat's digestion, you might want to consider making food time a fun activity.
Cats in the wild have to forage for their food. They don't have a bowl of eternal treats sitting right there for them all the time.
If you're free-feeding your cat, it might be time to consider restricting your cat to a feeding schedule.
While it might be less convenient for the cat's slave...we mean, owner, it's healthier for your cat.
And one of the ways to both stimulate your cat's brain and accustom your cat to a feeding schedule is making it a game.
If you look up fun cat feeding, you'll see that a lot of companies and people have come up with some creative ways to feed cats.
From mice stuffed with cat food that falls out as they bat at it to mazes and other puzzle feeders.
This will aid in your cat's digestion and help them slow down if they are food hogs. So, you're not only making food time fun, but you're giving them a healthier lifestyle.
The Fourth Rule Of Cat Play: The Simple Toys Are Sometimes The Best
Cats can be like toddlers sometimes. Toddlers don't always care what's in the present you give them. They like the gift wrapping and the box just fine.
You might get a box of cat toys from one of those box subscription services. When you open the box and dump out the toys, your cat may ignore all the toys and jump the box.
We may like to spend on our cats. And why not? They're like our kids sometimes.
But you don't have to be rich to please your cat. Sometimes the simplest things can please them.
A string and a feather combination like we said before. The laces on your shoes as you tie them. Anything they can bat around that's light and fun could be turned into a cat toy.
The Fifth Rule Of Cat Play: Never Use Your Fingers
When you play with your cat, you're presenting them with prey. This plays into their hunting instinct.
While it might be tempting to be lazy and not reach for a cat toy. Using your fingers teaches your cat that fingers are prey.
And if you ever have children around, their fingers are prey too. So, avoid teaching your cat that fingers are prey.
Last Rule Of Cat Play: Always Provide A Way Of Escape
Cats need me time too. And they need a way to escape and hide out.
They also need a bit of privacy when they do their business. This is why it's always good to have at least one litter box per cat.
And make sure the litter box has a lid or looks like a box. This will reduce your cat's stress.
If you're looking for a chic way to give your cat a way to do their business in private, check out the Modkat Litter Box.