Your cat is a born hunter, just like their big cat cousins in the wild. By playing with your cat, you’ll be helping thrm practise their instinctive hunting abilities – plus it’s a great way to keep them fit … not mention simply spending quality time having fun with your feline friend.
Playtime is very rewarding, but remember that cats are a lot harder to please than dogs. The best way to get your cat interested is to make them think it was their idea to play all along! Give them an even more exciting playtime by adding some Whiskas® Cat Treats!
Things on strings
Your cat’s natural hunting instinct means they'll be fascinated by anything that resembles prey – such as a toy attached to the end of a piece of string. Dangle a little fuzzy thing in front of them, and watch them pretend they're just like their big cat cousins. This game should keep them amused and active for quite a while – and you can mix things up by introducing a feather or other object they can paw at. Just make sure you don't get scratched!
Making your own toys
You don’t have to spend a fortune on expensive cat toys. For example, if your cat responds to the sound and feel of rustling paper, give them a big paper bag to play with. It’ll keep them amused for ages – you can even put toys inside to make it more fun.
Here are some other ideas for simple toys you can make yourself:
• A sturdy cork
• Empty wrapping paper tubes, with a long piece of colourful string attached
• Old tennis balls
• Old stockings stuffed with fabric
One of the simplest ways to keep your cat amused is to give them a cardboard box to play in. Not only does it make a great adventure playground, but it can also make a perfect sun-shelter on those hot summer days. If you have more than one cat, your feline friends will probably start using it to play hide and seek.
You can make things more exciting by cutting a hole in the side of the box – just remember to choose a sturdy one, and make sure your cat doesn’t start chewing it.