Whether your cat is more of a loner or an energy-filled playmate, there are many important and advantageous reasons for you to spend time playing with your kitty daily!
For cats, especially for those that are not raised outdoors, physical activity is an important part of a healthy and long life. No matter how big the house they have at their disposal, cats can sometimes be quite lazy and, getting bored easily, might prefer extending their nap time instead of exercising.
Unless there is a health reason preventing your cat from any sort of physical activity, it is best that you take matters into your own hands and entice your feline friend into playing with you. Exercising prevents obesity in cats, strengthens their metabolism and, maybe even more important for some, keeps your cat busy and entertained and away from your favorite things!
At their origins, cats are all wild animals and, for those that weren’t raised outdoors, it is even more important to be active and physically fit!
Bonding is another reason for you to play with your cat often! Although certain breeds are more independent and prefer spending less time in other people’s company than on their own, playing with your cat will help your strengthen your relationship, build trust and maintain mutual affection alive! All cats get lonely when their caretakers do not spend enough time with them. Plus, there’s always the fact that it’s so pleasant and engaging for both of you!
Let’s not forget that many people play with their cats for therapeutic reasons! This simple activity can be a major stress relief even for the healthiest of persons and for those who suffer from certain ailments it is even more productive! From depression to physical disabilities, cats are gradually given the same attention dogs used to be offered in this regard.
Developing your cat’s hunting abilities is another use you can attribute to this act. Indoor cats have fewer chances to express and develop this instinct than their outdoorsy counterparts. By using an electronic toy like SmartKat you can really bring out the inherent hunter in your pet, but other sorts of toys can be just as useful! Just be careful not to choose very small objects as it is very common for cats to swallow items while playing. Also, don’t frustrate your cat by sending it on a continuous hunt; leave room for success and give your darling feline the chance to go in for the kill every now and again!
Playing together also reduces the risk of aggression in your cat. Boredom can be a powerful enemy and, by avoiding it, you can actually manage to teach your cat not to scratch or assault some of the things around the house you’d rather preserve intact!
There probably are many other advantages attached to this simple act, but whether it’s on a whim or out of concern for your cat’s health, ultimately, do it because it’s fun!
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- Electronic toy replicates the movements of hidden prey with erratically moving wand under durable fabric
- Fascinates cats and encourages healthy activity through play
- Four speeds let you customize the action and 2 replaceable wand attachments for playtime variety
- Plastic wands and base made from recycled plastic
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