Kitties are super playful, which is one of the many reasons they are such fun and entertaining pets. Fluffy is super cute when she is pouncing on her favorite toy, or chasing after that elusive red dot! Actually, playing with your furry buddy is one of the best things you can do for her. Read on as a Lewisville, TX vet offers some advice on playing with your cat.
Make It Routine
Cats are creatures of habit, and thrive on routine. You may notice that your feline friend follows her own itinerary for naps, meals, sunbathing, and snuggle time. Try to make kitty playtime part of your normal daily schedule.
Let Fluffy Win
Make sure to let Fluffy ‘catch’ her prey sometimes. Kitties can get discouraged if they never catch anything. This also helps cats build confidence, which is great for shy furballs. (Of course, some of our feline pals are over-confident, if anything, but that’s another topic.)
Discourage Rough Play
Does Fluffy seem to think of you as a giant cat toy? Nip that bad habit in the bud. Those little claws and teeth are sharp! You should never punish your furry pal for attacking you. That may just make her feel like she needs to defend herself, which will ultimately make matters worse. Instead, immediately say ‘No’ in a stern tone. You can also say ‘Bad kitty’ or ‘Play nice’ or ‘Put your claws away.’ It really doesn’t matter, as long as you’re consistent. You may want to blow in your cat’s face as well. This will probably annoy her, which will help you make your point. Then, just ignore your frisky pet until she’s ready to play nice.
Use Interactive Toys
Fluffy should have some toys she can play with when she’s alone. However, for kitty playtime, you’ll want to pick playthings that you can control. This will also keep you out of claw range. Wand toys, remote control toys, and laser pointers are all good options.
After playtime is over, don’t be surprised if your cat acts super affectionate and cuddly. Fluffy will know you did something to please her, and will appreciate it. (Kitties sometimes show appreciation in some odd ways, but that’s beside the point.)
Please contact us, your Lewisville, TX veterinary clinic, for all your cat’s veterinary care needs. We’re dedicated to offering great care!