Author: Amber LaRock, LVT ~ Freelance writer, animal lover.

Author: Amber LaRock, LVT ~ Freelance writer, animal lover.

Enriching Your Cat’s Life with Play

Having cats enriches our lives in so many ways. While their mere presence adds to our happiness, we have to ensure that we are providing them with a happy and fulfilling life inside our homes. Giving a cat the ability to live out their wild feline needs is imperative to their well-being.

Why is play so important?

Think of cats as tiny hunters. Before they were domesticated to better fit our lives, they were essentially “tiny beasts.” Ancient felines would hunt for their prey, guard their territory, and live active lives on their own. Just because our cats today enjoy long naps on the comfy sofa, does not mean that these ingrained qualities are no longer present. Keeping their hunting instincts alive and letting them expel their energy through play will not only keep them happy but us as well.

What can happen when a cat is bored?

A bored cat can be a destructive cat. When a feisty feline’s need for play is not met, they may act out in other ways. Having pent up energy can result in destroyed furniture, rough play that can lead to injury, and other behavioral issues that can make for an unhappy home. Too often, cats are rehomed due to being difficult, when they may just need some extra attention to help expel excess energy.

How can I play with my cat safely?

  • Toys – Toys are a perfect way to enrich your furry friend’s life. Luckily, there are so many impressive toys to choose from for our cats. Whether they are basic crinkle balls or toy mice, having a toy to bat around can provide constant entertainment.
  • Chase – While cats enjoy stationary toys, it may not be enough to keep your mini tiger moving. Having a toy that requires your cat to chase, jump, tumble, and expel as much energy as possible will keep their life exciting and fun. These toys may include laser pointers, fishing rod type toys, and any other toys that entice movement.
  • Interactive games – Games have been taken a step further through interactive cat games that you can play on your tablet or TV. Cats thoroughly enjoy hunting tiny fish and birds on your screen; it can keep their attention for hours.

How often should I play with my cat?

Ideally, a few short 10 minute play sessions throughout the day will meet your furry BFF’s needs. While every cat is different, these daily play sessions have been found to improve a cat’s overall behavior and that helps them to be a more enjoyable part of our lives. If your cat is still destructive or showing any unfavorable qualities, you may need to increase play time.

Get up and Play!

Play enriches our cat’s life, but it also helps to solidify the bond we have with our beloved pet. If your cat is happy in your home, so are you!

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