5 Simple Cat Games Your Kitty Will Go Crazy For
Cats are brilliant animals, and so they need mental stimulation to stay interested and not put up destructive behavior. Cats also need physical stimulation to stay healthy so that both of you can enjoy your time together. Aside from being brilliant, cats can be very playful when they want to be, and so you should have some fun cat games up your sleeves to keep them entertained. Not only will it make your furball happy but you will have some fun yourself, and you will get to know each other more. The benefits of playtime with your cat are endless, and there are a lot of games to choose from. This article will consider five simple cat games your kitty will go crazy for which will surely revamp your pet-bonding time.
Five Games To Play With Cats
- String and Feather: This is one of the most popular games cats get involved in, which brings them a lot of happiness. You can either buy an already made on or make one at home with easy-to-find objects. It mainly consists of a tick or wand, some string, and a bell or feather. The feather or bell is attached to one end of the string, while the other end is attached to the wand. The game involves you waving the wand with around and your cat trying to catch what is on the other end. For this to work, the object should be colorful and inviting and should mimic something your cat would chase in the wild. You can add some suspense by slowly drawing the toys away from the cat’s view and allowing them to prance around in search of it. Ensure that you play the game in an open space so that you and your cat do not bump into objects and hurt yourselves. Your valuable possessions are also be protected from damage, and you can have playtime free of worry.
- Hide and Seek: If you want to know how to play with cats without toys, then this game will work perfectly for you. Hide and seek is the same with any other creature and is a fun way to engage your cat. You can get your cat’s attention with something they like, for example, a treat and lure them in. Remember that it is a gradual process, and you have to start easy and then build up the intensity. Here’s how to play hide and seek with your cat. Once you have your cat’s attention, move the treat to another part of the room, and make your cat find you. As the game gets interesting, you can then proceed to different rooms altogether as a way to make it more difficult for them. The game is a form of mental stimulation for your cat and will make it more exciting for them whenever they are called. With every win, your cat achieves reward it with their favorite treats and toys. It is one of the games for smart cats because it gives them the opportunity to show their mental ability.
- Kitty Parade: This is another game for cats that do not include any toys. This game involves letting your cat follow you while you have something they want. You can play this game at mealtimes with their food as the incentive. Let them follow you around the house, and once in a while, give them a bite or two as a reward. Not only is this fun for you both, but it will also teach you cat obedience and to come immediately when called. You can make it more rewarding by feeding the cat from a dispenser rather than their regular bowl. This will add a little more ‘oomph’ to mealtimes, and you will have your cat’s loyalty. While you have fun, make sure you have measured the amount of food before feeding the cat so that they do not become overweight from being overfed.
- Post-It Hockey: Cats love to play with little sheets of paper, especially when they are crumpled because of the sound they make. Post-it hockey is a simple game that can be played by just you and your cat, but it will be more fun with multiple cats. It involves folding pieces of paper or turning them into little balls and using them as hockey pucks with your cat. Use your fingers to flip on of the papers their way and allow them to use their paws as hockey sticks. You can use more than one piece of paper, and if the pieces are of different colors, then that will be even more fun. This game works best on a smooth surface like tiles or laminate flooring. It’ll be a nice activity for you and your cat or cats, which allows you also to save money on toys. Your cat is going to be dragging paper everywhere anyways, so why not turn it into a fun game.
- Fetch: It will amaze you to know that unlike popular opinion, cats are also good at fetching things. Gone are the days where this game is only for the dogs. It has been discovered that cats also know their way around fetch and, in their own way, understand the rules of the game. In this game, you will have to use a toy the cat loves as the object to be thrown. It should not be too heavy that the cat cannot carry it in their mouth either. Usually, to heighten your cat’s interest, you can use a toy that can be filled with catnip. After you throw the object wait patiently for the cat to bring it back to you. Reward them every time they successfully bring back the toy and watch the game turn into an exciting experience for both of you.
Apart from these five mentioned games, there are many others that are worth trying with your cat. For example, catfishing is where you ‘fish for your cat’ by tying their favorite toy to a string while you hide at the other end. It is like the string and feather, but this time with a toy they like. You can also play zoom with your cat, where you use a remote-controlled object to move around while they chase after it. This game will work well if you cannot be active but still want to play with your furball. Puzzles can also work for the cat once you are using the right objects, and they offer mental stimulation as well. In this age of technology, there are several apps with different games for cats, and it will amaze you to see your cat engaging with a screen.
Tips for Playing With Your Cat
- Do not encourage using your body parts as toys. As usual, your cat might get a little feisty and assume it is okay to treat your fingers as a play toy. You must firmly discourage this behavior since it can teach them to hunt humans as a sport. You must nip the action as soon as it begins to form by withdrawing reward and firmly disapprove. If you wait longer, it might be too late, and you might need to visit the emergency room more often than not.
- Make the playtimes as realistic as possible by ensuring the toys mimic things the cat will be interested in if they were in the wild. For example, if you are using toy mice, make sure the movements resemble that of real mice so that the cat does not feel deceived and will still have an interest in playing with you.
- It is not always that you have to go out to get expensive toys to play with your cat. You can use what you have around the house to make exciting things that your cat might like. Anything from paper bags to bottle caps and cardboard boxes can be used in one way or another as a plaything. As mentioned, cats are intelligent, and so you would have to be creative to keep them entertained.
- The best playtimes for cats are either early during the day or in the evening. At these times, the cat is alerts and more likely to play with you. Playtimes should last 10 to 15 minutes per session so that the cat does not get worn out or bored. The sessions can be more than once a day, depending on our cat’s capacity for activity.
- While playing can be fun, you should make sure that you and your cat are safe during the process. Protect your fingers and toes from their claws and teeth and make sure that strings and ropes are avoided. If your game requires hazardous material like these, then keep a close eye on the cat so that they do not injure themselves during play. Also, do not leave a cat unsupervised with a toy to prevent any accidents.
Playing with your cat can be useful not only for the cat but for you as well. It offers stress relief and fun bonding time with your furball while keeping them fit and mentally sharp. The game you play is essential since it will determine the level of excitement the cat brings and how interested they will be. Above are some of the games cats love and how to play them. Now you and your furry friend can have the best time of your lives with each other.