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Keeping your cat stimulated

Kitty capturing the evil feather toy!
Kitty capturing the evil feather toy!

All cat owners enjoy watching their felines bat at a string or ball. Playing with your feline is not only fun, it's also very important to their social growth with other cats, and it relieves both anxiety and boredom. This is especially true for indoor cats. When cats don’t get enough exercise or playtime they become restless and unhappy, and all cat owners know that an unhappy cat usually means more wake-up calls in the middle of the night.

The best way to go about getting a decent amount of play time in is scheduling a specific time to be with your cat. A good time to play would be after breakfast or around dinner. This is due to cats being nocturnal. Depending on what your feline likes you can try a variety of different tactics. For example, a feathered cat toy or other dangling object is a great way to engage your kitty. Other cats might like chasing a ball or mouse toy around. However, no matter what toy you use, try to mix it up so she doesn't get bored with the same thing.

Remember, cats are hunters so practice prey-like movements while grabbing onto the toy. This means that they also like the satisfaction of the “kill,” so when you are ready to stop, don't just take away the toy. Slowly wind down the action and let your cat have the satisfaction of a good days work by keeping it still for a minute. You can sometimes reward your kitty with a treat at the end.

Another great way to keep your cat entertained would be a solo toy, such as cat tunnels or turbo tracks. This is a good way to keep your cat from being bored when you're not around or busy. If you have the spare change, you can also invest in cat perches, giving your cat her own domain to watch over when you’re out. No matter how you end up trying to entertain your cat, remember to be creative, and your cat will be happier for it.