Kitties are very fun and adorable little pets. Fluffy is especially cute and entertaining when she’s feeling frisky! Regular play sessions will keep your cat active, entertained, and purring. Read on as a West Bloomfield, MI vet offers some tips on playing with your feline buddy.
Make It Routine
Fluffy is definitely a creature of habit, and tends to thrive on routine. If you pay attention, you may notice that your pet follows a set schedule for naps, meals, grooming sessions, and other kitty activities. Try to play with your furry pal every day, and at roughly the same time. (Tip: if you like to wind down at night by watching TV, keep some cat toys near your favorite chair.)
Time It Right
Does your cat pounce on you in the middle of the night? Does your furry friend enjoy knocking her toys around as you’re trying to sleep? A late night session may help curb those late night zoomies. If you can tire Fluffy out with a fun session of Catch The Red Dot, she may be more interested in curling up beside you than trying to ‘catch’ your toes.
Don’t Encourage Rough Play
Our feline friends may be adorable, but they are predators by nature. They also like to practice their hunting skills on their humans. This is, of course, super cute with kittens. However, it’s not a habit you want to encourage. If Fluffy grows up thinking of you as a giant cat toy, she could become aggressive, which can become a serious issue down the road. When your frisky furball bites or scratches you, tell her ‘No’ or ‘Bad Kitty’ in a disapproving tone. You can also blow in her face. Then, just ignore her for a while.
Use Toys You Control
When playing with Fluffy, use toys that you can manipulate. Remote-controlled mice, laser pointers, and wand toys are all good options. These make playtime more challenging—and therefore more fun—for your cat … while keeping you out of range of her teeth and nails.
Let Your Cat Win
Cats are actually very emotional, and may get depressed if they never catch their prey. Let Fluffy win sometimes! This can also help build confidence in shy kitties.
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