As far as your cat’s concerned, play has always been the perfect way to practise their hunting skills. This natural behaviour doesn’t change just because they've got a little bit older. In fact, your cat may continue to chase toys or play hide-and-seek until their legs simply won’t let them!
All the same, you’ll probably find that your older cat doesn’t have quite as much energy as they did before. In fact, this reduction in activity might be the only visible sign that they're getting older at all.
When your cat chills out
As your cat gets older, they may begin to prefer the comfort and warmth of that beanbag in the corner to adventures outdoors. And the games you invented together – which once they couldn’t get enough of – may start to be just a little too much. However, these changes may not happen until your cat is very old indeed, so there’s a good chance they'll be ready to play for many years to come.
Keeping them interested
Sometimes you have to work quite hard to keep your cat amused. As they get older, you may have to work harder still! Try experimenting with different toys – there’s every chance you’ll find one they still enjoy, even if their attention span isn’t quite what it was. Don’t push it though – forcing your cat to play won’t be fun for either of you!