How Often Do You Play with Your Cat or Do you Play at All?
Cats are natural predators and you should never forget about it. Providing regular play will make them happier, calmer and keep them healthier. Playing with them is a simulation of hunting. This way you can remove their energy and urge to hunt (you or the things in the house). It will also help you to not face behavioral problems such as:
– Scratching your hand or the furniture,
– Waking you up in the night,
– Energy explosions,
– Attention anxiety problems,
– Stress or overweight-related health issues.
1) NEVER Use Your Hands to Play with Cats.
It might be cute to see a little kitten batting at your fingers and trying to bite you with her tiny teeth, but when the kitty is a full-grown cat it won’t be cute at all. If you teach your cat (adult or kitten) to bite your hand or fingers as a game you will face serious problems. Because of this problem many people abandoning their cats or having problems with their family members. You should also instruct the guests to use a TOY and not their fingers or toes.
2) Active Play with Cat
This type of playing requires full of your attention and a little bit of your energy. You can use the mouse on a string, butterfly on a stick, or simple threads to simulate prey moves for your cat to hunt and kill. During playtime, let your cat catch the prey otherwise your cat may get frustrated or lose interest in the toy and playtime won’t be so long. Active playing will also increase your communication level and bond with your cats. Play with your cat for at least 1 hour in the morning and 1 hour the night per day.
3) Single Play of Cat
Single play in which a cat plays with toys by themselves, such as fake mice, balls, toys on springs and etc. We would highly recommend you to provide plenty and different type of toys. You can also use some electronic toys which will drive the attention of your cat to play with it. Single Play is not a replacement for Active Playtime. This option is useful while you are not at home during the daytime.
4) Don’t Push Your Cat to Play with You
If your cat is sleeping, resting, or not interested to play, please don’t push or wake them up to play with you. Each cat has their own individual preference regarding how much human interaction they prefer.
5) Don’t Use Sharp or Very Small Objects to Play with Your Cat.
6) You Can Provide Cat Towers, Tunnels, and Use Catnip on Toys.
7) Playing is a good exercise for cats. Exercise is critical in maintaining a healthy body weight and preventing your cat from becoming overweight or obese.
8) If you have more than one cat, remember to play with them individually for special attention.
9) Choice Toys Which Your Cat Like to Play with.
10) If your cat is not playing with you or toys for a long time and feels weak, you must visit your veterinary immediately.