8 Fun Games to Play With Your Cat (and One to Avoid)
Anyone who has ever watched a funny cat video knows that kitties like to play. Cat games include batting at mirrors, tussling with dogs, and knocking stuff off shelves. Feline friskiness isn't just hilarious to watch, it provides mental and physical benefits for your kitty too.
"There's evidence that when cats have more mental stimulation, they're actually sick less," says Lisa Radosta, a board-certified veterinary behaviorist at Florida Veterinary Behavior Service and a host for Vet Scoop. "So providing toys and an environment that encourages exploration is a great way to let your cat entertain himself. But it's also good to play with your cat. It makes you both happier and strengthens your bond."
Looking for ideas of what cats like to play with? Read on to discover new ways to interact with and entertain your four-legged friend.
8 Fun Games for Cats to Play
Avoid Using Laser Pointers and Flashlights
Many people use laser pointers and flashlights to create a spot of light kitties can chase around. Running is great cardio for cats, but using a light isn't a good idea. Radosta explains, "What you're doing when you play these kinds of cat games is stimulating the predatory sequence. So, what happens when predators are hunting prey? They catch something and feel it in their paws and mouths. But with the light, that never happens. There's no end game and it causes frustration in a lot of cats." The pent-up energy has to go somewhere and it's often into biting and clawing people or other animals.
Playing with your cat, and providing fun entertainment, keeps your four-legged friend mentally stimulated and physically fit. But the biggest benefit may be cracking up over your cat's antics or gaining a new appreciation for your mini tiger's stealth. Let the games begin!