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Advice For Playing With a Cat

To the Rescue: Make Kitty's Playtime Fun (For Both of You)

Pets provide endless hours of entertainment but, keep in mind, what's funny to us, may not always be fun for them! When frolicking with a feline, feathers and other temptations are commonplace, but you've got to let her (or him) win! That doesn't mean you have to always give in and toss over the prey toy, but think how annoying keep away is . . . if you always keep it away.

Here are three playful tips to remember during your kitty's playtime:

  • Play Into Predatory Instincts: Let your cat stage her attack by choosing an area with spots for her to pounce from, hide under, and stalk around. The point is to make her work and engage natural instincts, not stress her out with the game!
  • Batting Not Bonking: When dangling a feather for a feline, be mindful of your motion. Don't smack a kitty in the face or shove a feather near her nose. (Ummm, how would you like that?!) Impersonate a small animal's motions, alternating between wiggles of worms, smooth gestures like speedy rodents, etc. Remember even birds land on the ground to seek food so bring those feathers down, too.
  • Don't Yank Away: When your cat catches the toy, let her play with it until she drops it or loosens her grip on her own — if she's more into the catch than the release, let her have her way. To end the game, simply move slower and let her go in for the final "kill" where you surrender the toy and stop your motion entirely.
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