Kitties are very playful, which is one of the many reasons they make such cute and fun pets. Watching Fluffy attack a catnip mouse or bat a ball around can be just as entertaining for you as it is for her. Actually, playing with your cat regularly is one of the best things you can do to keep her happy and healthy. A Spring Valley, CA vet discusses kitty playtime below.
We probably don’t have to tell you that our feline pals can become, well, rather lazy, especially as they age. Fluffy spends quite a bit of time just napping and lounging about. This is adorable, but it does make it easy for her to gain weight. A fun session of Catch The Red Dot will help your furball burn some calories. It will also help keep her bones and muscles strong.
Fluffy’s mental health is just as important as her physical well-being. Playing forces our feline friends to really focus and concentrate on their prey, just as they would in the wild. This is actually great for your pet’s mind! In fact, daily play sessions may help ward off the cognitive decay some cats experience in their golden years.
Cats are actually fierce predators by nature, so the urge to hunt things is deeply ingrained in them. (Of course, Fluffy may only be ‘hunting’ a moth or a dust bunny, but that’s beside the point.) Playing will let your feline buddy indulge her inner lioness.
Is your cat anxious and timid by nature? Playing may help Fluffy come out of her shell. Landing that tricky butt-wiggle/run/jump/meow combination can help your shy pet feel more confident. Think of it as the kitty equivalent of scoring a goal.
Do you have more than one furball? Dual play sessions can help ease tensions between them. Just be sure not to play favorites!
Another reason that playing is so important and beneficial is that it’s a great way to bond with your frisky pet and make her feel loved. Fluffy will know that you’re holding that feather toy just so she can have some fun. That’s a purrfect way to get that little motor going!
Do you have questions about your cat’s health or care? Please contact us, your Spring Valley, CA vet clinic, anytime.