Contrary to popular belief, cats are just as active and playful as dogs. The movies and comics make them appear snobby and lethargic, but the reality is quite opposite. Cats are extremely affectionate and playful creatures, but they have their own ways to express their happiness and excitement. As a cat person, you should know how to entertain your cat.
In the following paragraphs, we will discuss some of the fun things to do with your cat.
1. Walk the Cat
Leash walking is something that is associated only with dogs, but it is just as good with cat, and in fact it is quite popular. Chances are that you spend your whole day at work and your cat stays home waiting for you on the couch. When you do finally get home, try to take spend some time with your fuzzy feline and take it out for a walk.
Leash walking prevents your pet from wandering off and keeps them safe. It is better to start this activity earlier on in our cat’s life so they can get used to it by the time they grow up. However, do not force them to walk with you, if they don’t feel like doing it.
2. Play Hide and Seek
One of the fun things to do with your cat is to play hide and seek with them. Here is what you need to do. Stay with your cat, and all of a sudden go and hide behind the couch or the refrigerator. Your cat will come looking for you, and even stalk you as if you are the prey. As you hide behind a certain object, tie a string to one of your cat’s toys and wiggle the string from behind the object. You will be amused by your cat’s excitement!
3. Watch Television
Watching Baby TV with your toddler is fine but watching TV with your cat doesn’t add up unless you are a feline enthusiast. That’s right, watching TV with your cat is just as fun as anything else. You will be surprised by how much cats love to watch TV. The only problem is that they can’t speak for themselves. You and your cat can snuggle up on the couch while you both watch TV. By watching TV together after a tough yet boring day, you and your cat can relieve all that stress.
4. Hunt for Food
Your cat belongs to the same family as the lions, tigers, panthers, and cheetahs. Therefore, somewhere behind their adorable and fuzzy look lurks a ferocious carnivore that can’t keep itself from hunting and devouring its prey. Food hunting allows you to engage your cats in a fun activity, thus keeping them fit and energetic. All you have to do is hide bits of cat food or treats around the house, so your cat can find them.
5. Use Catnip Toys
The best thing you can do when playing with your cat is to bring in the catnip toys that cats adore. The best thing about catnip toys is that they come in exiting colors and shapes, which are extremely attractive for the little playful kittens. Most of these toys contain catnip and some silvervine, which is completely non-toxic and safe for cats, even if they bite into one of them.
6. Make Use of a String and a Feather
When playing with your cat, there is another fun thing that you can do. Tie a feather to a string and make sure the cat jumps at it. The reason why this string and feather combo gets the cats excited is that the feather represents a bird, which a cat cannot afford to miss. This stimulating exercise makes your cat jump high in the air to catch its prey. However this activity should be done outdoors or in a big and spacious part of your home.
7. Utilize Cardboard Boxes and Paper Bags
Everyone knows how much cats love to play with cardboard boxes and paper bags. Sometimes, catnip toys aren’t readily available. If that is the case, you can keep your cat engaged with some cardboard boxes and some paper bags. This will keep your cat entertained for quite some time, and you will also enjoy watching them play. However, it is better to stay around while your cat is having the time of its life tossing the cardboard box around.
8. Create an Obstacle Course
Cats are creatures of habit, but they are also curious and enjoy exploring and discovering new things. Hence, to play with your cat, you can create an obstacle course. Use cushions to create a maze-like structure and place some cat food or treats in the furthest chamber. This is similar to the food hunting game we discussed earlier. The only difference is that this is in the form of a puzzle and requires some problem solving.
9. Get Mechanical Toys
A mechanical toy is a good option as it keeps your cat entertained and teaches it new skills. Cats are usually attracted by the sudden movements of these toys and they help sharpen their stalking skills. By adding some obstacles, you can increase erratic movement which can be even more exciting for your cat.
10. Rely on Cat Apps
Nowadays, cats have their own fun apps on smartphones that they can play by themselves, without any assistance. Make sure to keep the phone’s brightness low, just so that it doesn’t hurt you cat’s eyes.
These were just some of the many fun things to do with your cat. To know more, make sure you spend more time with your cat. This way, you can develop an unbreakable bond with your furry friend!