Games for Cats: why is it so important?
Have you ever stopped what you were doing to watch your cat play as if she were still a kitten? Playing is crucial for your cat as it allows her to satisfy her natural instincts, such as observing, exploring, climbing, pouncing, and catching. But playing is more than that - it is also a sign that your cat is well and in good health, that she is sufficiently stimulated, and that she has a balanced lifestyle, all of which contribute to her overall wellbeing. So pounce on the opportunity to nurture and maintain your cat’s love for playing throughout her life!
Dr Sandra Mc Cune, scientist at WALTHAM®. For your kitten, the most minor experiences may have a lasting effect on her behaviour for the rest of her life. During this crucial period, play is a natural behaviour that your kitten will adopt to perfect her learning, to discover her environment and, more importantly, to learn to trust and bond with other human beings and animals in her environment.
Playing is crucial for kitten’s development
A word from the Dr Corinne Lesaine, consulting veterinarian for Perfect Fit™: “Playing is key to your kitten's healthy development and especially to her mental development throughout the socialisation stages. It is therefore recommended that you take full advantage of, and encourage, your kitten's innate curiosity. Such curiosity may easily be stimulated with fast and unpredictable movements of small objects and toys that will capture her full attention. Small soft objects are also ideal for intriguing you curious little friend. You may also consider stimulating her with the presence of other pets, thereby encouraging interaction through playfulness.”
There are a number of games which your kitten will simply not be able to resist engaging in: playing hide and seek in a cardboard box, dangling any soft item, presenting her with a feather to catch, swiftly pulling small objects from under her nose for her to pounce on, and poking small intriguing objects in and out of her sight. Just be sure to keep your hands out of the game, or they will be perceived as prey! Also, we would recommend to try and avoid frustrating her by never letting her win - no one likes to lose over and over again, especially not at a young age!
Your kitten will also love playing with rattling objects, especially when she finds out that the rattling comes from the kibbles inside. You may quite easily craft homemade devices such as a perforated empty plastic bottle filled with kibble that slowly dispenses kibbles when played with!