5 ways to have fun with your cat
Our house is generally a very chilled out house and I honestly believe one reason for that is our cat.
She’s such a snuggly cat who loves to sit on your lap and when you walk through the door after a busy day, she’s usually there waiting to rub against your legs, purring away.
And when you finally sit down at night, she’s jumping up to curl on your lap.
(or our daughter’s car seat, as this photo shows!)
And that’s lovely because it means I can’t get up to ‘just quickly’ do that thing! I can only give a head scratch and indulge in the dulcet tones of her purring contentedly.
Three years after getting our cat, I struggle to remember what it was like without her around. But what I’m sure of is that she helps bring so much calm to our house. Animals feel stress too. Usually off us and that’s why having fun with your cat is just as important as them having the right cat or kitten food to replace all that energy. Good food and good fun are an integral part of their wellbeing.
And our cat certainly knows how to have fun!
Here are 5 ways we have fun with our cat (helped along very well by some fab cat toys by the Natural Pet Toy Company):
- We use something long and light to dangle in front her eyes, bringing it quickly out of her reach when she moves towards it. Our 7 year old loves playing this game with her. A ribbon or shoe lace work as well as anything. Chances are, they’ll jump up to chase it around. It’s great exercise for them, and fun to watch. You can turn it into a kind of ‘dance off’!
- Roll something along the floor and we watch her go after it! We often hide a treat inside to make it even more fun for her.
- Give her a good scratch and belly rub. It’s so much fun when our cat ‘leans’ in for more rubs and scratches. It’s like a tickle-fest!
- Using the same toy as the ‘dangle game’, we drag it along the floor in front of her, pulling it away from her. She loves to chase it and tries to grab it with her paws!
- And when we’ve all had plenty of fun and games, we settle down for a chill on a comfy chair, encouraging her onto whichever lap she chooses (usually the 7 year olds actually – they’ve got a special bond!). We watch some TV or just chill out and chat or listen to music. Or maybe do some reading while she cat naps. I’ve been known to join her for a cheeky cat nap too…! It’s just as much fun and just as important to chill out together this way. Though I don’t think I’d fit in the home-made cat ‘house/bed’ that our daughter made for her (below)…
If you’re still stuck for ideas, here are some other extracurricular activities to consider…
How do you have fun with your cat? I’d love to hear! Please comment below or tweet me @AllSortsHere .