Even if they live in an apartment rather than the countryside, cats are still hunters by nature. That’s why they need to play, in order to develop their instincts and feel fulfilled. But how do you make sure your cat is the best they can be, and doesn’t turn into Garfield—who only loves you if you feed him lasagna? Here are a few simple tips for figuring out the best way to play with your cat.
If you have more than one cat, they’ll be more likely to get up, get moving and socialise through play. From a young age cats play with their littermates, chase, hide and pounce on each other. After all, kittens never stop! In the long run, cats that grow up playing with one another—and with their owners—will be more sociable with other cats and humans, as well as more active and athletic.
What does a cat need to play? If you want your sofa upholstery to stay intact, buy a cat scratcher. Cats love to sharpen their claws, and the tougher the material, the better. As we’ve said before, they also love to hunt, so any small toy they can chase and catch will help them develop their instincts and stay active. Toys like mice on long ropes tied to sticks or balls that roll all over the house are feline favourites. Each cat has a unique personality, and, as a good owner, your job is to find out which toy your pet likes best.
If you want to prevent your cat from becoming overweight and make sure they’re happy and having fun, you have to set time aside every day to play with them. And if you have several cats, the more the merrier!