Is your feline buddy still frisky and playful? This is always super cute to watch. As it turns out, one of the best things you can do for Fluffy is to play with her regularly. A Georgetown, IN vet offers some advice on playing with kitties in this article.
Do It Regularly!
First and foremost, take time to play with your furry bff every day. This will benefit Fluffy both mentally and physically. It will also make her feel loved. You may be surprised at how quickly your furry friend comes to expect (or demand) this!
Make It Fun
Playtime is more fun for kitties when it’s challenging for them. Use toys that you can control, such as wand toys or laser pointers. Fluffy will be more engaged if she can’t anticipate what her ‘foe’ is going to do next.
Keep A Routine
If possible, play with your feline pal at roughly the same time every day. Kitties really thrive on set schedules! This is easy to work into your nightly wind-down time: just keep a remote-controlled toy or laser pointer near your sofa or armchair.
Discourage Rough Play
Kitties are very lovable, but they can be a bit, well, violent. Don’t let your furry buddy use you as a cat toy! It may be cute if Fluffy pounces on your toes, but it’s also very bad petiquette.
Don’t Play Favorites
Do you have more than one kitty? Pay equal attention to both of them, and make sure they both get enough playtime. Otherwise, one of your feline friends is bound to get jealous of the other.
Choose Safe Toys
Cats are very playful, which is super cute. Unfortunately, Fluffy doesn’t know what is and is not safe for her to play with. Don’t use anything that could be dangerous. Sharp and/or sharp items are a definite no, as is anything with dangling ropes or cords. If you use wand toys, pick them up when you’re done: you don’t want your furball getting tangled up.
Does your furry friend like catnip? Don’t forget to refill her toys regularly! You don’t have to worry about your kitty overdosing. Catnip wears off after about 15 minutes. After that, Fluffy’s brain will need to ‘reset’ before catnip will affect her again.
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