The majority of a young cat’s life is spent amusing itself with various playthings. When they are able to walk and are no longer reliant on their mother to feed them and carry them around, they become aware of the entire world that exists beyond their home. Whether they are confined to the house or roam free in the backyard, cats see practically everything that crosses their path as a potential plaything for them.
Their natural urge to hunt takes control of them, and all of a sudden the paperclip or hair clip that was just sitting there on the coffee table becomes their prey. They would benefit from maintaining this carefree attitude. They are able to exercise those instincts that have been implanted in them while also getting a nice workout as a cat. A kitten that is playful almost always grows up to be a playful adult cat.
While cats can make a toy out of anything, it’s still a good idea to have several toys around that are meant just for them. It’s easy to make a kitten toy or you can buy them at the supermarket. Big box pet stores have dozens of cat toys from simple balls to more elaborate examples. Here are some tips on what types of toys your kitten will love and things she shouldn’t have.
- In a kitten’s eyes, anything that can be chased or batted is a cat toy. String or yarn is an old favorite and as long as you are dangling or pulling the string for him it is a safe toy. But never leave little Simba alone with a string because she may be tempted to eat it and that is never good.
- It’s great fun to watch this descendant of the big cats use those hunting genes while chasing a stuffed toy. Stuffed mice are very popular examples, and your kitten will likely chase them as long as you throw them. She may even bring it back to you to throw again. Make sure any stuffed kitten toys are free of decorations like bells, beads, or ribbons that can be torn off and swallowed by the kitty.
- Both you and your kitten can have hours of fun with a little game of kitty fishing. Kitty fishing poles are an all-time favorite of cats, young or old. They consist of a handle made of plastic or wood, a string attached to one end, and at the other some fuzzy balls or feathers. Watch kitty bat and jump for hours as you entice her with that tempting lure.
- Don’t forget the catnip. You can buy toys stuffed with catnip or get bags of dry catnip. They love to sniff it, roll in it, rub their faces in it, and then become even friskier than what nature made them.
Toys are a great thing for your kitten and even more fun if they are safe and you join in the fun along with them.
DIY Cat Toys to Entertain Your Kitty
Cats are very curious creatures. They cannot stand to see something moving and not investigate. Keeping your cat entertained and his curiosity at bay is a rather simple way for you to make your kitty happy. The easiest way for you to do this is to provide him with all of the cats’ toys that he loves to play with.
There are many different styles of toys for cats on the market. Some toys will require very little effort from you to keep your cat entertained. These kinds of toys are usually simple toys like balls or fuzzy mice. However, there are toys that can be very elaborate and expensive to acquire for your cat. Some examples of these such toys are tall scratching posts with dangling objects of interest and the tall hollow tubular cat playhouses that have become rather popular with cat owners. These kinds of toys are sure to bring hours of joy to your cat but, there is no need to spend a great deal of money if you do not have to.
A lot of things that a cat will play with can be found laying around the house. A cardboard box with a hole cut in the side can keep a cat entertained for days on end and will not cost you anything. There are also some interactive cat toys that will allow you to play with your cat. There are also a lot of these available as well. You will find that there are laser lights for your cat to chase, fuzzy toys that dangle from a string, and many other toys that your cat will love. This can be a great form of entertainment for you as well as your cat.
Whichever form of cat toy that you choose does not make any difference to your cat. Cats are fairly easy to satisfy when it comes to giving them something to play with. If you do not provide it for them, they will find something on their own that will capture their imagination and bring out their playfulness. Nevertheless, cats always love having something new and exciting to play around with.
DIY Cat Games to Entertain Your Kitty
Cat games can be a source of enjoyment for you and your cat particularly if you have a young kitten. This playful behavior is akin to hunting and is part of their natural animal instinct to learn to stalk and capture prey. Cats also love to play fight with other animals and humans. This is probably nature’s way of preparing your kitty for learning real fighting skills for self-preservation.
Because of the close relationship between play and hunting cats love to play with objects that mimic real-world prey. They will be more inclined to want to play when they are hungry. This is their natural instinct to associate hunting with eating.
Here are a few cat games that are sure to be popular with your animals. Find a small laser pointer at an office supply store. Darken your room so that the red dot of the laser is highly visible and move the dot around in front of your cat. He will invariably chase the dot in an attempt to catch it. Concealing the fact that you are operating the laser will keep him from becoming bored too quickly. His antics will amuse you and entertain him as well.
Another simple cat game is to roll a piece of aluminum foil into a ball. Show the ball to your kitty to get his attention. Choose an open area and toss the ball across the floor and allow him to chase it. He will bat the ball all over the room. When he stops batting the ball pick it up and give it another good toss and the cats’ game will begin again. It is probably best to hide the ball after playtime to prevent any possibility of your cat might ingest a piece of the ball.
A cat’s natural instinct causes it to be fascinated with feathers. Anyone who has watched his cat sit in the window and watch the birds knows this. You can make simple cat games of feathers purchased at a craft store that your cat will love. Just sew a small ball together using two pieces of cloth leaving an opening to insert the feathers. Stuff the ball with a little cotton and also some catnip to add to the fun. Place the quills of several feathers in the opening and sew the opening closed. Then use a bit of non-toxic glue around the feather quills to secure the feathers in place. Show the “birdie” to your cat and give it a toss and then watch the fun begin.
Attaching a fake mouse or bird to a string can further your cat games. Make the string long enough for you to pull the toy about while your cat gives chase. Let him catch his “prey” once in a while to keep his interest elevated. This will give both of you a nice workout and probably leave the two of you a little winded.
A ping-pong ball is another favorite of cats. Throw the ball and let its lively bounce get your cat’s attention. Try this in a small room where the ball can easily bounce off the walls. This extra movement will fascinate your cat even more.
Never let your cat play unsupervised with a toy that could harm him. Even items as simple as a string could be swallowed and cause problems.