As a cat owner, playing with your feline companion is more than just a fun activity. It's a way to strengthen the bond between humans and cats, improve their physical and cognitive health, and witness their impressive skills and intelligence.
Here are some affordable toys, gadgets, and games that you and your cat can enjoy together:
Empty Boxes The classic cat toy. Put a ball inside and watch your cat bat it around. You can even build a maze out of boxes for added entertainment.
Modkat Cat Box Toy A smaller version of the cardboard box idea, with multiple holes for your cat to play with. Cats are naturally drawn to cardboard and will be fascinated by the rolling ball, which appeals to their predatory instincts.
The Ripple Rug Like a feline version of Twister, this toy can get your cat contorted into all sorts of hilarious positions. And like Twister, it’s more fun with two. Check out this video of Instagram cat celebrities Marmalade & Cole having the time of their lives with a Ripple Rug.
The Modkat Scratcher Lounge Set Scratching is a form of play, exercise, and stress relief for cats. The Modkat scratcher provides a large surface for your cat to do it all.
Da Bird A realistic but cruelty-free alternative for cats who love to play with birds. You can buy it or make your own with a stick, string, and feather.
The Shell Game An ancient game that you can teach your cat to play. Use a bell ball or ping pong ball to get started.
Hide and Seek Some animals LOVE this game. Cats especially enjoy it since they can feel like they are stalking you (the hider) as their prey. Be careful. Cats are crafty creatures. One may be ready to fall like a bolt of lightning from above right now.
Ping Pong Many cats get a kick out of observing two humans spar in a game of table tennis, but did you know cats enjoy playing with ping pong balls, too? Try dropping one — or several — in an empty bathtub. Watch your cat go bonkers trying to catch those slick little projectiles.
We know not every cat is frisky. Maybe you’ve got a cat with some age on her or a kitty with disabilities. These animals can still have (and be!) tons of fun.
Elderly cats aren’t that different from their younger counterparts, just a little slower. Try the toys that mimic birds or mice, cat brain teasers, and catnip-laced playthings. And who says you can’t teach an old cat new tricks?
Once considered unadoptable, blind cats now find themselves welcome in many cat-loving homes. These kitties love crinkly balls, tinkly bells, and other toys they can hear.
Deaf cats can play with all the standard cat toys. In fact, they may need access to more of them than a hearing cat would since deafness significantly reduces their external stimulation.
In summary, playing with your cat is a great way to keep them healthy and happy. Try out some of these safe and exciting games and toys to strengthen your bond and have fun together.
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