Playing games with your cat is a fun, simple way to enrich her life, provide stimulation and strengthen the bond you share. Here are some games that we suggest:
1. Chase the “Prey”
Use a toy to simulate the movement of prey. By dragging a toy across the ground on a string, pausing periodically like an animal might, you’re encouraging your cat to stalk and pounce like she would in the wild. This will increase her speed and agility and stimulate her hunting instincts. It’s a good idea to keep the toy hidden until playtime in order to keep her interested in it.
2. Catnip Fun
Stuffing catnip, a natural herb, into a toy or ball (or buying one that already has catnip in it) can stimulate your cat’s interest in a toy. Keep in mind, however, that not all cats are attracted to catnip.
3. Run and Fetch
It’s surprising, but many cats love to play fetch – or at least, chase after and catch a ball that you throw. Ball toys simulate the quick, unexpected movements of prey. Put a bell inside to get your cat’s attention, and roll or toss the ball so that she can see and chase it. Some cats respond particularly well when a ball is rolled or tossed into another room or around a corner.
4. Play With Your Food
Puzzle feeders and food distributor balls are toys that incorporate your cat’s food into a compartment inside. By rolling or pouncing on the toy, your cat can make it release a few pieces of food at a time. Using a puzzle feeder stimulates your cat’s desire to hunt and work for food. Remember to account for the food inside a puzzle feeder when determining your cat’s daily nutrition allowances.
5. Go For a Walk
While it seems unorthodox to many people, cats can be trained to walk on a leash, and many of them enjoy the activity. When you take your cat for a walk, she can experience the great outdoors while staying safe from cars, other animals, and getting lost. It’s also great exercise for both you and your pet.
We hope these games and activities gave you some fun ideas for doing more with your cat.