Tips For Playing With Your Cat

Tips For Playing With Your Cat

Our feline friends are super cute when they are feeling frisky! Playing is of course lots of fun for Fluffy, but it’s also good for her, both physically and mentally. Read on as a local Teller County, CO vet offers some tips on playing with your cat.

Make It Routine

Try to make kitty playtime a part of your regular routine. This may be easier than you think! Keep a cat toy near your favorite chair, so it’s easy to grab when you’re relaxing after a long day.

Don’t Encourage Rough Play

We probably don’t have to tell you that kittens love pouncing on fingers and toes. This may be adorable when Fluffy is little, but it can develop into very problematic behavior down the road. You aren’t doing yourself any favors by teaching your furball to think of you as a giant cat toy. Nip this bad habit in the bud!

Time It Right

Does your cat have a habit of pouncing on your feet as you are trying to sleep? Does Fluffy like batting her toy down the hall in the middle of the night? Tire your frisky feline out by indulging her in a vigorous play session before bed. Chances are, your pet will be more interested in snuggling up to you than battling the dreaded blanket monster.

Let Fluffy Win

Make sure to let your feline pal ‘catch’ her prey sometimes. If Fluffy never wins, she may lose interest in play. (Of course, your kitty will never catch that mysterious red dot, but she’ll still have fun trying.)

Try Different Toys

Cats all have their own purrsonal preferences for toys. Change things up regularly, to see what your furball likes best. While Fluffy should have toys she can use by herself, you’ll want to pick interactive toys for kitty playtime. Wand toys, laser pointers, or remote-controlled mice are all good options.

Don’t Play Favorites

Do you have more than one kitty? Be sure to spend equal time playing with Fluffy and Mittens. Otherwise, one of your furry buddies may feel left out, which can make her feel resentful and jealous of her feline roommate. Dual play sessions can also help ease tensions between your pets.

Please reach out to us, your local Teller County, CO vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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