Don’t underestimate the power of play. Cats need play sessions to engage their minds and exercise their bodies. We all know cats enjoy a good catnip-filled mouse now and then, but those stuffed toys can get old fast. If you want to shake things up a bit, here are some fun new ways to play with your cat.
Cats really can learn tricks! Get some treats ready, let her sniff them, and issue a command (like shake). If your cat does what you ask, give her a treat. Repeat. If she is still interested, try to get your cat to do the trick 5-10 times in a row to reinforce the behavior.
Make her work for her food.
Place a treat under an upside-down plastic cup. Your kitty will have to figure out how to knock over the cup to get to the treat.
You know how everyone says toddlers enjoy the box their expensive new toy came in better than the toy itself? Cats are the same way. Open up a box and place a ball inside for her to bat around.
Take your cat outside in an enclosed area and blow her bubbles to chase using a non-toxic bubble solution. Your cat will have fun trying to catch the bubbles and popping them instead.
Hide treats in safe, but hard-to-reach spots throughout your home. You could place them on top of a tall sturdy shelf, or wherever else your cat might look. Then watch her as she goes on the hunt!
Start a game of tag.
Chase your kitty around the house in a fun and playful way. When you catch up with her, “tag” her and see if she’ll chase you back. To make sure she’s enjoying the game (and not running in fear), watch that her tail stays up, not down.
Go online and download a fun cat app. Then set the phone down on a flat surface and watch your cat start pawing away.
Don’t get stuck in the ‘same mouse, different day’ routine. Make things interesting when you play with your cat to keep her healthy and happy.
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