Bored of playing the same games with your cat every day? Is your cat becoming less and less responsive as your playing patterns are dull and mundane? You should then rethink your perceptions about how to play with a cat. This quick guide can open up new perspectives as to how you can have better times with your cat. It will get your cat involved with you like never before. Our quick guide is here to help you:
How to Play with a Cat?
How to play with a cat? This is a kind of question which may seem laughable to the people who does not possess much enthusiasm for pets, but for cat owners like you, this is quite serious indeed. Many get tired of playing the same boring games every day. The cat does not feel much interest in repeating the same games day in and day out.
What is the solution then?
First, we should get to understand why it is important to have different sort of games when you play with your cat.
Although, domesticated thousands of years ago, the cat is still an animal and they have inner wild tendencies as well. For example, if they see a mouse or a cockroach, they will not react like a 21st-century human, rather she will chase it and perhaps will try to eat it if she can catch. The first mistake we always make is we think they are like us. So, playing comes in here to bridge the gap between her wild and house life.
It is really important for cats to play because it replicates the activities they would show in the wild and activates their innate instincts. Playing is also important because it develops the relationship between the cat and the cat owner. Playing games with your cat regularly will surely boost your connection with your cat.
Kittens need to play so that they can develop the special features which every cat has, such as jumping, catching, running, etc. This is the reason why you will often see the mom cat is teaching her kittens to play with her tail. This clearly explains that she understands that playing is a necessity for her kittens.
Furthermore, more playing time will keep them physically fit. You may notice, the problem of obesity in cats is becoming a major issue. Many owners pride over it. But trust me, obesity is never good for your cat no matter how good it looks on the outside.
Moreover, they need playing times to counter boredom. You will see, the cats which do not play much will tend to be less responsive and may become really lazy. On the other hand, the cats which play a lot is always active and responsive towards their owners.
There are countless other benefits as to why you should rethink about the games you play with your cat. This guide is going to give you some new perspectives on how you can transform your relationship with your cat through games.
Let's Bring in the Toys!
The first thing that comes to mind while thinking about playing with your cat is the toy. You can utilize the objects you use on an everyday basis to play with your cat. But you should keep in mind that they do not pose a health risk and you should make sure the cat will not be able to swallow it.
Cardboard boxes are the iconic cat toys. You can also try balls and cotton reels. You have to change these toys often in case your cat gets bored with them. The toys which reflect light is something that your cat prefers. Another thing which your cat like is, the objects which move to different directions quickly. Buy toys keeping in mind the above-mentioned criteria. However, it is not safe for cats to play with toys which pose the risk of electric shock, you should always be cautious while introducing any electronic toys to your cat.
Further, cats love objects which symbolize the mouse or cockroaches. Try to find toys of such size. Cats also love to engage in play with games which will utilize their senses of smell, touch, and sound.
The last thing that you should always keep in mind is the lack of persistence in the cat’s nature. When they are introduced to a new toy, you will find them extremely excited. But after some time, they will have no interest in that particular toy. You can deal with this short attention span by swapping your cat toys regularly. In this way, the cats will not be bored with a toy as you removing and swapping in new toys before they even fall into boredom.
Your cat likes to climb. Give her objects which will enable her to play climbing games. Further, make her play games which will have the features of climbing in it. You will now find artificial climbing trees which you can install in your house. These climbing trees also have small cave-like rooms on the top as well. Cats can play climbing and relax is the small cabins on the top as well. Setting up an artificial climbing tree in your house will surely enable the cat to play climbing games.
Food is Always Interesting!
In the wild, cats have to go hunting for their foods, an activity which is not present in house cats today. Introducing your cat to a food ball dispenser can be an amazing way to mimic wild experiences. This food ball dispenser holds a small number of cat foods. The cat has to push the ball with her paws so the ball moves and drops food. Seeing the food cat gets more interested and continues to move the ball to get more food. This way your cat gets food as she would have earned in nature.
You can also use food in terms of giving building a reward strategy. This particular strategy is used in dogs and other animals as well. You can reward your cat when she performs an activity. Similarly, a food reward after each game played is often necessary to keep the cat’s attention towards a certain game or activity you like.
Cats and Balls, A Pair Not to be Detached
Your cat will always like to play with balls. Buy shiny balls for your cat so that it attracts her. You can teach your cat fetching as well. If you can teach your cat how to fetch, ball games will gain new dimensions. You can throw the shiny balls to a place in your house so that she brings it back to you.
Even if you do not throw the ball at different directions your cat may play with the ball by herself anyway. She will try to kick it with a paw and will try to catch it and continue to repeat the process until she tires herself out.
Few Games You Can Try
Apart from the games mentioned above there some more games which you can try with your cat. These games are must requirement if you are not sure how to play with a cat. They are as much fun to the cat as it is to you. Both you and your cat will enjoy the games if they are played with enthusiasm.
- Playing hide and seek with your cat can be interesting.
- Invent new uses for your cat’s cardboard boxes
- Playing tag with your cat is always fun
- Birds game – wave an object or a feather in front of your cat. Your cat will jump in the air to catch what it thinks like a bird. It is a game enjoyable to both the owner and the cat
- Laser light- one of the most well-known game in the cat kingdom. You have to make your cat chase the light in different directions.
Is Your Cat Not Interested In Games?
There can be times when your cat does not want to play. When/if your cat does not want to play you will definitely understand by her face. She will not respond to any toys or any interaction. In this case, it is better for you not to force her into play. This may not turn out positively. Perhaps she needs some rest, give her some time off. After some days you may find her rubbing your legs for some game time. Then you can again engage in various games we discussed with your kitty and have a good time with her!
Cats are mysterious animals; unlike dogs and other domestic pets, they like to spend some time alone. Let her have her moments with herself. If you always force your cat to play with you, your cat may develop a dislike towards you. And then you need to accept that not all cats are the same. Some cats can be really interested in communication and physical activities. Whereas, some cats can be a loner and a bit lazy, who likes to spend time by herself. You are your cat’s owner you have to accept her even if the whole world calls her irresponsive and lazy. Be responsible for however your cat is. Accept the differences give her the love she deserves from you.