It can be hard in these busy times, to find a few minutes to relax, but playing with your kitten or cat will benefit both of you. Here are a few ideas to give your cat some entertainment.
Cats are very playful anyway and will often initiate a “chase me” game when you are sitting down in the evening feeling totally relaxed and planning to go to bed. This can be when a cat will decide to run round in circles and if you chase her, they will hide behind the cupboards or curtains, or into the wardrobe if the door is ajar. It’s an invitation to play “hide and seek”.
Cats don’t normally fetch objects like dogs do. However, some will return light things thrown for them. We used to have a kitten Dusty who loved to play a game on Sunday mornings when we’d have a lie in with coffee and pro-biotic drink in bed. As soon as she heard the rustle of the silver lid coming off the drink, she’d leap on the bed full of excitement. We would throw it on the tiled floor and she’d leap at it, skidding all over the place, then put it in her mouth and return it to us for a repeat performance. For safety’s sake it might be better to use a larger ball of tin foil, rolled up tight so she cannot swallow it.
Some will play with fake mice, especially furry ones on a string. It’s her chance to pretend she is a ferocious hunter, stalking prey.
Toys need not be expensive. A ball of wool or a piece of string (it is best to keep an eye on the cat, so she cannot strangle herself), or ping pong balls can keep her amused. An old sock filled with catnip and tied at the end. They also like to play hide and seek in a large, strong cardboard box. Put in some newspapers as they love to screw them up and hear the sound of the paper. Cut some holes in the sides, so she can peek out.
If you can afford one, there are many scratch tree posts with one or more houses on top to hide in.