As far as your cat’s concerned, play has always been the perfect way to practise her hunting skills. This natural behaviour doesn’t change just because she’s got a little bit older. In fact, your cat may continue to chase toys or play hide-and-seek until her legs simply won’t let her!
All the same, you’ll probably find that your older cat doesn’t have quite as much energy as she did before. In fact, this reduction in activity might be the only visible sign that she’s getting older at all.
When your cat chills out
As your cat gets older, she 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 she 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 she’ll be ready to play for many years to come.
Keeping her interested
Sometimes you have to work quite hard to keep your cat amused. As she gets older, you may have to work harder still! Try experimenting with different toys – there’s every chance you’ll find one she still enjoys, even if her 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!