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Why are games for cats so important?

February 2021 | Enjouet LTD


Have you ever stopped to watch your cat play like a kitten? Play is essential for your cat, as it allows it to satisfy its natural instincts, which include observing, exploring, climbing, pouncing and catching. But the game is much more than that. It is also a sign that your cat is well and in good health, that she is sufficiently stimulated and that she has a balanced lifestyle, all of which contributes to her general well-being. So don't hesitate to encourage and cultivate your cat's love for the game throughout their life.


Dr Sandra Mc Cune, scientist at WALTHAM®. For your kitten, the smallest experiences can have a lasting effect on her behavior for the rest of her life. During this decisive period, play is a natural behavior. Your kitten will adopt it to perfect his learning, to discover his environment and, above all, to learn to trust and bond with humans and other animals around him.




A word from Dr Corinne Lesaine, consulting veterinarian for Perfect Fit ™ : “Play is essential for the proper development of your kitten, in particular for its mental development throughout the stages of socialization. It is therefore recommended that you take full advantage of and encourage your kitten's natural curiosity. This curiosity can easily be stimulated by quickly and unpredictably moving small objects and toys that will get his full attention. Small, soft objects are also great for intriguing your curious young companion. You can also consider stimulating it by the presence of other pets, and thus encourage interactions through play. "

Your kitten will simply be unable to resist certain games: playing hide and seek in a cardboard box, letting a soft object hang, presenting it with a feather to catch, placing small objects under its muzzle and removing them promptly so that it will jump on it, and tap on small intriguing objects. Keep your hands away, however, as they will be mistaken for prey. Likewise, we recommend that you avoid frustrating your kitten by never letting her win. No one likes to lose all the time, especially at a young age.

Your kitten will also be happy to play with noisy objects, especially when he finds out that the little noise is coming from the same place as his kibble. You can quite easily make toys yourself. For example, you can perforate an empty plastic bottle and fill it with dry food. These will be slowly dispensed as your cat plays with the bottle.





As a master, you will find play to be one of the most enjoyable, fun and rewarding ways to stimulate your adult cat and keep it healthy. Your adult cat will undoubtedly have invented several fun games to entertain herself, but there's nothing stopping you from offering her other games that will keep her alert. Ping pong balls, for example, are a great way to get your feline playing. Without being the go-to toy, cardboard boxes are almost always a hit with cats who love to hide in them, push them and scratch them. However, do not let them chew them. Small objects, if possible made of fur, will also be very appreciated by your cat, because they bring out the predator in him.

Optimizing your vertical interior space will also open up a whole new world to your agile companion and it will stimulate them in so many ways. Whether it is to climb, hide or observe, your cat will love to gain height. He will be able to look at what is within sight and these new places will also prove to be a great place to sleep. You may also want to consider moving the furniture from time to time to allow him to explore new places and new vantage points where he can keep an eye on you.

Over the years, your cat will likely become less playful and less active, which is quite normal. Some cats play after the age of eight, some do not. However, regardless of his age, you can still play your companion, but be aware that he can choose not to respond to your request.




The change in behavior in older cats is most often associated with a decrease in their senses and organ functions. With reduced mobility, your cat may be less tempted to explore, or even play, and they may adopt a generally more sedentary lifestyle. At this point in your cat's life, you may be content to whip up a simpler form of play by titillating their feline mind, one who likes to watch birds outside or who likes to paw objects. suspended.




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