Time out toying with cats
Whether young or old, cats all have something in common – they just cannot resist a good game of chase. With hunting in their blood I am yet to meet a cat that doesn’t enjoy playing with toys.
It’s clear that taking time out to play games and socialise oneon-one with your cat is important for its mental stimulation as more and more cats are coming into vet clinics with behavioral and weight related issues.
Although labelled as independent, a strong and interactive relationship with its family is important to most domestic cats’ physical and mental well being.
Initiating healthy play for as little as 15 minutes a day could in fact help deter problems such as urinating indoors, shredding the pot plants and furniture, inappropriate biting, bird catching and a myriad of boredom-related behaviour problems.
Here are a few easy home made cat toy ideas that are sure to spark a feline’s interest.
The string. Always a favorite with cats. Try tying some scrunched up newspaper to the end or maybe some feathers. For the Rolls Royce of string toys attach a bamboo or dowel handle. Run up and down your hallway of just flick it around while sitting on your couch.
The sock. Get an old sock and stuff the toe with scrunched up newspaper and catnip, tie off the end and cut off the surplus, throw on the floor and watch the cat and mouse games begin.
The fur mouse. When grooming your cat collect the loose fur, roll a fur puff the size of a tennis ball in the palm of your hands, reducing the fur to a small mouse-like log. Hey presto, it’s a fur mouse.
The ping pong ball. No magic required, cats love them just the way they are. Especially good to flick around on a hard floor or put in a cardboard box.
The card board box. Get an old cardboard box and cut a few windows in it (either paw-sized or body-sized. Be careful not to cut a hole they may get stuck in.) Throw the sock, the fur mouse, the ping pong ball or some scrunched newspaper into the box or drag the string through the holes. Your cat will be in heaven.