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Dr. Rosie DVM

Increasing the Activity of Your Cat:

  • Provide interactive toys, such as laser pointers or feather wands, for mental and physical stimulation.
  • Create a stimulating environment with scratching posts, climbing trees, and window perches.

Playing with your cat is not just about having fun; it's a crucial aspect of their overall well-being. Here's why and how you should play with your cat, along with some helpful hints and ideas for increasing their activity:

Why Play with Your Cat:

  • Develop a bond with your cat.
  • Increase the quality of life of your cat.
  • Improve behavior and health, reduce the incidence of obesity, and prevent future problems.
  • Make your cat active during the day so that he/she will sleep longer and bother you less during the night.
  • Help your cat vent excess energy, which should decrease the "wild frenzies" that often occur, especially in the late evenings.
  • Teach your cat to play in a controlled environment and decrease the likeliness that he/she will "play bite" or attack you or others.

Helpful Hints:

  • Do not reward bad behavior with play.
  • Do not use your hands, fingers, or other body parts as toys.
  • Set aside a specific time each day for playtime.
  • Ask family members to participate in the fun and share the responsibility of cat ownership.

Ideas for Increasing Your Cat's Activity:

  • Teach your cat to play fetch.
  • Drag a toy attached to a shoelace around the house.
  • Help your cat push a ball around on a smooth surface.
  • Encourage your cat to run back and forth between you and another person.
  • Throw a piece of dry cat food or a treat across the floor.
  • Hang a toy by a string from a doorknob.
  • Place a paper bag or cardboard box onto the floor.
  • Hide a toy under a cushion or blanket.
  • Take advantage of any object your cat likes to play with.
  • Use a laser pointer for interactive play (be cautious not to point it in eyes).
  • Play hide-and-seek with your cat.

Remember, playing with your cat should be a fun and enjoyable experience for both of you. Use these ideas to keep your cat entertained and active, and you'll both reap the benefits of a happy and healthy feline friend!

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