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6. FUN & GAMES WITH YOUR CAT

Providing stimulation for your companion is rewarding & can help to prevent problems & unwanted hunting

 

This chapter provides information for stimulating your cat, from growing catnip to games you can play with your companion. There are also instructions for making simple cat toys at home, to help to keep your cat happy & content.

Remember that just like us, cats can tire of the same old toy or game. Remove dormant toys to re-introduce them at a later date, offer a variety in their stimulation.

Problem behaviour can result from boredom. Indoor cats especially require stimulation as they cannot vent their natural instincts or energy in the outside world. Human habitats can be very static, they lack excitement & elements such as the breeze moving leaves & branches, or insects & other animals coming & going. 
An indoor/outdoor cat that is bored of its home territory may wander further than usual in search of fresh excitement. 
Wandering beyond our sight is fine & is only natural, it should not be discouraged. A contented, stimulated cat however, may not feel the urge to go adventuring so far away. Satisfaction found within their own territory, could help to reduce their exposure to potential dangers further afield.  

Home made fun

Cat toys

Fishing rod toys

Catnip & cat grass

Recomended enrichments

Treat balls

 

Petting a cat

All cats are individuals but generally they love to be scratched gently on their neck, under their cheeks & around their ears. Some love to have their bellies rubbed & will roll on their back. The majority however are very sensitive in this area & are more likely to become a little "Prickly" if you rub their sensitive spots. Paws & the lower back are often sensitive areas too.

Some people use a long goose feather, or a smaller feather attached to a stick as a stroking device if a cat is a little hand shy to begin with.

Also...

Some people use a long goose feather, or a smaller feather attached to a stick as a tummy tickler. Your cat will probably bite it, seize it & scratch at it. A good indication not to stroke them there.

Never mix the two, objects that stroke should never be used as toys.

While this can actually be quite fun in some instances, it is teaching a cat a very bad habit & association. They are animals & instincts can be triggered that you did not realise were present within them, always use a toy for games & play!

 

For more examples of "fun & games with your cat", please browse the following pages...

String! love it or hate it!

String! love it or hate it!

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