Most cats enjoy interacting with their owner and playing is a great way to develop the bond between you and your pet.
Play for a kitten, like any other young animal, is essential for its development to maturity and for the majority of adult cats, it is a pleasurable part of domestic life. As a cat ages, its mobility and energy may lessen but gentle games can still be enjoyed by both cat and owner.
Owners’ involvement in play can range from a simple game of ball fetching. Much will depend on the nature of the cat and the time you wish to devote to your pet. see my other videos for variety of games i fix it up for bunny my cat.....
Cats which never go outside will need plenty of stimulation and play, particularly when young, to prevent them becoming bored. The owner of such a cat needs to be aware of their responsibility to ensure that the cat’s mental needs, as well as it physical ones, are met. A cat which has access to the great outdoors will find plenty of interest – walls and trees to climb, prey to stalk, leaves to chase and possibly other cats company.
Cats vary in their motivation to play but all cats, if provided with the right opportunity, will play and benefit from the opportunity to do so, no matter what age. Understanding the specific likes and dislikes of your own individual will enable you to provide the best possible opportunities for play. Your cat’s receptivity to play will depend on its routines and natural activity rhythms.
Some clues to ideal ‘playtime’ can be evident in your cat’s behaviour, including:
Spontaneous play with objects
Sudden staccato movements
Dilated pupils, ears flattened laterally (no other cat around)
Frozen postures, crouched legs
‘Mad half hour’
Assessing your cat’s motivation to play enables you to tailor play to suit its needs. For example,
High motivation to play =
Plays frequently (and spontaneously) with objects
Receptive at any time of day
Less discriminate about objects chosen for play
Rarely tires (you give up first)
Destructive, often tearing or consuming toys
Responds to ‘conditioned stimulus’, for example, the sound of a drawer opening that contains toys
Low motivation to play =
Does not play spontaneously with objects
Receptive only at specific times of day and circumstances
Discriminate about toys chosen for play
Tires quickly and needs a great deal of persuasion to start playing
Games to play
Toys can appeal to all the feline senses – sight, sound, scent, touch and taste.
Movement is a great stimulus and most toys are designed to be used actively in one way or another. Gentle noise (for example, a tinkling bell firmly concealed in a ball) may attract, but some cats will be alarmed by more strident noises. Catnip (dried catmint plant) rubbed on a plastic toy or secreted within a stuffed toy is of particular importance for cats... Some cat toys feature different fabrics which encourage cats to rake their claws or rub their necks.
Each cat will have specific likes and dislikes regarding toys and these will be based on some or all of the following:
Movement eg, random, quick, stop/start
Time of day
Presence of other cats
Establishing what stimulates your cat is based on trial and error, although some commercially available toys have majority appeal, such as those that contain high quality dried catnip (using the dried flowers and leaves of the catmint plant only), fishing rod toys with feathers on the end, small objects on wire that move erratically and small, fur mice. Even simple toys, such as a ping pong ball, can provide hours of fun and exercise. The ball is light enough not to do any damage around the house and the right size for a small paw to bat. For example, if you have stairs in your home, throw the ball up to encourage your cat to chase it or drop it gently from the top so that your cat sees it bounce from step to step. Even everyday household rubbish, such as screwed up balls of paper, sweet wrappers, string and corks can be transformed into exciting toys that can be chased or tossed from paw to paw.
Types of play
Self play (solitary)
Self play (object)
Interactive play (social with other cats)
Interactive play (social with humans)
Explore, search, forage play
Cat activity centres
Play explores all parts of the predatory sequence: search, stalk, chase, pounce, catch and play in short bursts of activity before feeding times and end the game on a positive note when the cat catches the toy.
Rules of the game
Indoors that are designated for play
Cardboard boxes with entry/exit holes
Furniture at various heights
Cat activity centres
All objects should be positioned in such a way that cat can move around it and approach from any angle.
Interventions during summer time...
A suitable intervention would be to use distraction with