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Cat playing
"Playtime is important for pets and not just when they’re young!"

Playing with your cat

If you own a cat , you may be wondering what they get up to you’re out. Your cat may sleep for much of the day but there are times when they like to be active too. That’s why it’s a good idea to give your cat activities to do, to ensure they have some fun.

Create a home environment full of fun

For an indoor cat, your home is their whole world, so they need to have the essentials, these include high places from which they can observe their domain, hiding places for retreating and spying, things to scratch, stuff to climb, and windows to look out of.

Some cats also enjoy cat grasses to nibble on and most cats enjoy grazing on their food, typically returning to their dish every couple of hours. Even cats  that venture outside, should have an enriched home environment to comeback to.

Playtime is important for pets and not just when they’re young. Leave your cat with a toy or two when you go out and vary them from day to day. While there are all sorts of commercially available toys for cats, our feline friends can also get amusement from simple household items such as cardboard boxes or scrunched up pieces of paper. More game suggestions here.

When you’re home, your cat will enjoy playing games with you. Toys such as the Purina TOTALCARE Fun Fisher, Scamper Mouse and Squeaky Mouse are ideal for feline fun and games and will keep your cat’s hunting skills sharp. Better hunting toys than your fingers or toes!

Of course, cats also love to snooze. While they may choose your sofa or bed, you can also ensure they have their own warm, comfortable spot to retreat to. Try Purina’s Petlife Cat Cuddler for a luxurious feline nap-time.

Clean litter trays are important for many cats and being out all day can make this tricky for owners to achieve. If your cat is a fastidiously clean feline, try providing more than one litter tray to ensure there is always a clean one. If your home is very large, litter trays should be spaced throughout the home.

Safety first

Your home must be safe for your cat while they are alone. Check that indoor cats cannot escape and that neighbourhood cats will not upset your cat at home. Within your home, ensure that human cleaning products are securely stored well away from your cat’s prying paws and that you keep the toilet lid down. Ensure any toys you leave with your cat are safe and if your cat has access to the garden, that you do not grow any plants that are toxic to cats. More safety hints here.

 

About Dr Joanne Righetti

Dr Joanne RighettiDr Joanne Righetti is an animal behaviourist, educating the public and professionals in all aspects of the human–animal relationship. Her background is in zoology, with a PhD in animal behaviour and a counselling diploma – qualifications which enable her to work with all sorts of animals – including the human variety! Joanne likes to help pet owners understand their pet's behaviour and solve any pet behaviour problems. She also consults to a variety of organisations including non-profit organisations, commercial companies and councils and is involved in a variety of media including regular spots on radio. Joanne is an honorary associate of the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences, University of Sydney. Find out more about Joanne at www.petproblemsolved.com.au

Last updated: 10 January 2016 at 07:36 PM
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