Cats are known for being easy keepers, and with good reason. They keep themselves clean, don’t need walks or training, and spend the vast majority of their time sleeping. However, kitties do need enrichment and activity. They also both enjoy and benefit from regular play sessions. In this article, an Sandstone, MN vet lists some reasons to play with Fluffy regularly.
Our feline overlords are collectively exhausted. Fluffy actually sleeps more than almost any other creature on the planet, with the exception of some bats and possums. While cats are naturally very active as kittens, as your furry pal ages, those bursts of ‘zoomies’ may become fewer and farther between. Playing is a great kitty workout!
Playing also provides valuable mental stimulation. Kitties have to focus to land those tricky pounce-roll combos! That concentration is very important to keeping Fluffy’s mind healthy. This will become even more important as your furry friend ages.
Did you know that playing is also great for Fluffy emotionally? Kitties that are feeling nervous, jealous, or scared can benefit from taking their angst out on catnip toys. Shy cats, on the other paw, can gain confidence by ‘catching’ their prey. It’s also just good for Fluffy to let her inner lioness out regularly.
Fluffy is definitely a creature of habit. You may notice your furry buddy keeping to a set schedule for all those naps and meals. Daily play sessions can help with the stability that steady routines provide.
Kitties can be very loving and affectionate, but, like any relationship, that bond needs to be nurtured. There’s no better—or cuter—way to do that than by taking a few minutes a day to hold a string toy or laser pointer for your feline pal.
Does your furry buddy sometimes wake you up by pouncing on you in the middle of the night? Does Fluffy love batting at your toes when you’re trying to sleep? Wear her out with a fun play session before bed. We all know what happens when cats get tired: naptime.
Our feline friends are not only absolutely adorable, they’re also highly entertaining. It’s almost impossible not to smile when watching a frisky kitty hard at play!
Do you have questions about your kitty’s health or care? Contact us, your Sandstone, MN animal clinic, today!