You’ll agree with me that it’s our responsibility and duty as caretakers to ensure that our cats’ well-being is based entirely on the lifestyle we provide for them, and that includes the play time they need.
It is important, first of all, that we have clear that the cat in a wild habitat would take 6 hours daily approximately of physical activity between hunting and defending.
Nowadays as a domestic animal has lost much of these vital times for him, having easy access to the food inside the home and not having to fight for his territory, which leads to depressed cats, with overweight or mobility problems.
To generate a routine of game at least 15 minutes twice a day every day, will be incredible both for you and your beloved cat, because here not only is improving the quality of life in our cats, but also ours, strengthening the relationship between both.
This habit, will help you to know your cat better, to know his tastes, and to differentiate his active moments and of rest with facility, which is very important since not all the cats are equal and it can that yours is a special challenge to do that it plays and to motivate it to have a more active life.
So if your cat isn’t very interested in the game you’re playing at first, don’t worry, it’s normal but it’s important not to give up and try different things that will gradually help you discover what she prefers and turn that moment into a moment of happiness for both of you.
The best objects and strategies to motivate the game at home with your kitten:
Rods or Wands
Usually one of the favorite toys for cats, for the ease of making rapid movements, which attract their attention in an instant. This toy can simulate both flying and crawling prey, such as the favorite prey of a wild cat, with the advantage that it leaves your hands away from their nails and teeth. Allow your cat to observe it, stalk it and run after it for several minutes and let it catch it momentarily and at the end of the game so that it feels like a great hunter.
Today, there are a variety of tunnels specially designed for cats that you can find in any pet shop, but a paper bag or box has similar effects. Tunnels are excellent options that serve as a kind of obstacle on the way, generating some difficulty and fun to that of looking for or hunting a prize, a toy or even find that catnip they love so much, stimulating their curiosity and senses.
Hiding behind the door, calling your cat to look for you, is a very valid option when playing with your cat. Because of her curiosity, most cats will want to know where you are and understand that it’s time to play. You may even find that it’s your own cat that gets in the shower or bath and starts meowing at you to find her, so make the most of that time to have some fun.
Balls of Paper
Any material that crunches and sounds will be of attention and fun for your cat, a piece of crumpled paper made ball or aluminum foil, you can throw it and for its size and low weight, will be easy to drag and chase. In this game it is important that you watch your cat carefully and make sure she doesn’t swallow the paper, to avoid a possible emergency.
The laser lights or the reflection of light by a clock or other element, are a fun option to play with your cat, which can chase, run, and catch the light. At this point, there are two very important things to consider: the first is to always aim the light away from your kitten’s eyes, to avoid any possible visual damage, and the second is that some cats may become frustrated at not being able to actually capture the light, as it is intangible.
Technology has advanced by leaps and bounds, so much so that it no longer only thinks about meeting man’s information needs, but also thinks about pleasing his pets. Today you can find applications or download games on your Tablet PC, created specifically for the entertainment of cats; moving graphics like fish or mice, arousing the curiosity in your cat and the desire to play.
And finally, always remember to provide toys for your beloved cat under your supervision and supervision, especially when it comes to small, soft toys or strings that he can swallow.