One of the greatest pleasures of being a pet owner is spending time with your kitty companion. There are so many fascinating new cat trends to try with your cat. But what if catnip rodents, noisy balls and laser lights cat games aren’t enough for your curious and beloved pet?
Felines grow weary of the same old toys. If you don’t engage in interactive play with your now-bored cats, they may even turn to trouble. All animals have basic instincts and demands. In order to stay healthy and happy, they must be able to express those behaviors in healthy ways that are not disruptive to their owners. Experimenting with new types of cat toys is a terrific way to provide your pet with mental stimulation – while also relieving their boredom.
Here are five of the latest entertaining activities you can try out with your furry loved one(s).
Indoor cats retain their natural predatory instincts. That’s why an otherwise relaxed cat may suddenly pounce on your foot or sprint after a dust bunny. Help them channel their inner predator by playing hide-and-seek with a plush animal. Hide behind a wall, door or furniture and jiggle the stuffed animal a few times so that it appears to “peak” around the corner. To convince your cat that the stuffed animal is moving, you can also toss it across the room. Your cat will have a blast chasing it down! Increase the difficulty of this game by adding larger-than-average plush toys into the mix, giving your pet the thrill of catching large prey.
Mechanical Gadgets And Toys
Battery-operated or wind-up toys, in particular those shaped like little rodents, are another hunting alternative that is ideal for cat play. Your cat will be attracted to the surprising motion of these gadgets as they zigzag across the floor. The activity improves your cat’s tracking and pouncing skills, while also keeping them away from your feet. By placing obstructions in the toy’s path, you can intensify its irregular movement, keeping your cat entertained even longer.
Food Puzzles For Cats
Cats love the thrill of mental exercises as much as they love a delectable treat, so why not mix the two? Food puzzles are designed to provide your cat with both physical activity and mental stimulation. It’s important to maintain your cat’s mental acuity and health in order to keep them happy and engaged. Food puzzle exercises are also cost-effective: you can create a DIY cat puzzle from household objects, such as a cardboard box and dried cat chow. It’s a great way to pique your kitties’ attention, while also treating them to some yummy food!
Obstacle Course For Cats
Cats are creatures of habit, but they’re also curious. They like to study their surroundings for evidence of new, attractive and non-threatening changes. If you set up an obstacle course, they’ll be sure to notice it. Obstacle courses will spark their curiosity and invite them to have some fun and exercise in the process! Place pillows and cushions around the room to create a maze-like layout. You can also incorporate chairs that provide your cat with a high platform from which they can jump. Planting bits of cat food at different spots throughout the maze is the easiest method to keep your cat engaged in this new setup. Cats have a remarkable ability to acquire and recall new skills. They will love to learn how to navigate mazes for a tasty reward!
Apps For Cats
It should come as no surprise that many contemporary cat fashions include technology. Did you know that there are mobile apps that your cat can use on their own? Your cat can now use your smartphone or tablet to play catch, paint and even chase lasers. If you have ever spotted your cat watching tv, you know how enthralled they are by the fast motions and colorful sounds of electronic equipment. Double-check with your veterinarian to confirm that the screen brightness will not harm your pet’s eyes.
So Much Fun, So Little Time!
Trying new activities with your cat is good for both you and your cat’s physical and mental health. Be a little inventive, and human-kitty bonding time may never be the same. Whether you plan to use these tips to bond with your own cat or a cat you’re pet-sitting, there are endless ways to bond, develop trust and have a fun time with your cat in the process!
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