Cats are hunters by nature and so when playing they enjoy stalking and hunting activities. Wand type toys work well to give cats a chance to practice hunting skills. Here are some tips to help you get the most fun from interactive play with your cat:
- Make sure to run the toy across the floor slowly in your cat’s field of vision. This will get your cat’s attention and give him a chance to stalk before pouncing on his toy “prey’.
- When he does catch his “prey”, give him a moment to enjoy it before sending the toy “prey” flying away again.
- Vary the speed and height of the toy to mimic a bird’s flight. Circling the toy a little higher will give your cat some exercise by jumping to grab the toy.
- Keep the toy totally still occasionally, this will give your cat a chance to plan his next move.
- A little noise catches cat’s attention, so look for toys that have a sound effect like a bell or crinkle when they’re moving.
- Interactive play sessions are your cat’s version of a workout, so start slowly for the warm up, then build intensity for 5-10 minutes before the cool down.
- When shopping for interactive toys, look for ones that don’t have small parts that your cat could pull off and possibly eat.