4 WAYS TO HAVE MORE FUN WITH YOUR ADULT CAT
It’s easy to have fun with a kitten, but once your cat grows up, you may find yourself settling into a routine that’s, well, boring—for you and your cat. Luckily, it’s easy to liven things up with our 4 ways to have more fun with your adult cat.
Playtime: The Key to Your Cat’s Mental and Physical Health
Caring for a feline goes beyond simply providing shelter and food. Pet parents and their cats share a bond that enriches their lives by filling each day with love and laughter.
While our cats would like to think they are independent, the reality is pet parents play a huge part in deciding the safety, contentment and health of their furry family members.
Our feline counterparts have little or no control over the course of their daily life. They rely on us to pick a healthy and nutritious food. They trust us to give them a suitable living space. They even count on us to give them the attention they need to stay active and entertained.
And playtime is nothing to take for granted!
Far too many cats face daily routines that offer little or no enrichment, excitement or challenges – it’s a “same old, same old” existence. Not only does this affect your cat’s emotional balance, but studies are showing that cats actually suffer from health issues when they’re stressed out and frustrated from having no way to release their pent up, core drive to hunt. After all, your kitty is a born hunter and if they aren’t ridding your barn of mice, odds are, they need an outlet for their desires.
The wonderful thing about setting aside a few sessions of 15 minutes per day of play time is that it not only helps you enhance the bond you have with your cat, but it helps your cat burn off that energy – energy that if not released during play sessions could easily be redirected into inappropriate elimination issues or aggression issues with other pets or humans. Cats can vocalize late at night or sneak-attack your feet while you’re trying to watch TV because they’re so deeply frustrated and bored – and who could blame them?
As President & Founder of Kitten Associates, a home-foster based cat rescue group in Sandy Hook, CT, I work with cats of all ages and it’s important to adjust the type of activity depending on the health and age of your cat. Many of my own eight cats are over the age of 12, but they still enjoy chasing after a toy, albeit a bit slower than our younger cats.
Gauge playtime with the age and abilities of your cat. More intense play sessions for younger cats and easy going sessions with older cats. Remember, you’re not only exercising their bodies, you’re engaging their minds, so your cat doesn’t have to race around the room if he or she is older.
The views and opinions expressed in this blog post are solely those of our guest blogger and do not represent the position or opinion of
World’s Best Cat Litter™.