Did you know that playing is good for cats? Pouncing on that catnip mouse is not only fun and entertaining for Fluffy, it also benefits her both mentally and physically. Plus, frisky felines are really cute to watch! Read on as a local Los Gatos, CA vet offers some tips on playing with your furry friend.
Make kitty playtime part of your daily routine. This is a wonderful way to wind down at the end of the long day!
As you may have noticed, Fluffy sometimes tends to think of her humans as giant cat toys. Don’t let your feline buddy get away with biting or scratching you. That’s bad petiquette, and can even be dangerous! If your furry pal attacks you, tell her ‘No’ in a firm tone of voice. You can also say something like ‘Play nice’ or ‘Don’t bite.’ Just be consistent. After you’ve scolded your kitty, walk away and ignore her for a while.
Cats tend to slow down as they age, just like people do. However, Fluffy will still have her moments of friskiness, so don’t assume she’s no longer interested in playing. Even a few minutes of activity will benefit your feline friend!
Does your furball pounce on your toes in the middle of the night? Does Fluffy bat her squeaky toy down the hall when you’re trying to sleep? Schedule kitty playtime for just before you go to bed. Your feline pal will be more likely to sleep through the night if she is tired.
Variety is the spice of life. It’s also a good rule of thumb for playing with cats! Change Fluffy’s toys out regularly to keep things fun and fresh for her.
Using toys that you control, such as laser pointers or wands, will make things more fun and more challenging for your kitty. Just keep in mind that wand or string toys should be put away after each use. You don’t want your pet getting tangled up in them!
Do you have more than one cat? Group play sessions can be a great way to help your kitties bond!
Please reach out to us, your Los Gatos, CA vet clinic, for all your kitty’s veterinary care needs. We are always happy to help!