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Play, Play Play - Keep our cat happy

Cats are amazing creatures that provide endless hours of entertainment and joy to us. They are incredibly independent, and it's easy to assume that they can take care of themselves. However, cats also require regular social interaction and playtime, just like humans do. In this article, we will explore the importance of playtime with your cat, and how it can benefit both you and your feline companion.


First and foremost, playtime is essential for a cat's physical health. Cats are natural hunters, and playtime allows them to express and satisfy their predatory instincts.






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LET’S GET PHYSICAL


Regular play can help keep your cat physically active and agile, which is especially important for indoor cats who may not have as much opportunity to exercise as outdoor cats.


According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, playtime – regular exercise – is essential for maintaining a cat’s healthy weight and also help prevent obesity, a common health issue among cats. The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention states that, up to 60% of cats in the United States are overweight or obese. Obesity in cats can lead to other health problems such as diabetes, arthritis, and heart disease.



IT’S ALL IN THE MIND

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In addition to physical health benefits, playtime with your cat also promotes mental stimulation and can help reduce stress and anxiety. Just like humans, cats can get bored. Cats are naturally curious and active animals that need stimulation to prevent boredom. Without enough stimulation, cats can become lethargic and disinterested in their surroundings. Boredom can lead to behaviour problems such as scratching furniture, over-grooming, and excessive meowing.


Interactive play is a great source of mental stimulation and there are studies published in the Journal of Veterinary Behaviour which show that mental stimulation through interactive playtime prevents these unwanted behaviours, which ultimately leads to a happier and healthier cat. At the end of the day that’s all a cat owner wants.





INDESTRUCTIBLE BOND


But the benefits of playtime are not just limited to your cat's health. Spending time playing with your feline friend can also strengthen the bond between you and your pet. Cats are social animals and enjoy interacting with their owners. According to a study published in the journal Applied Animal Behaviour Science, playing with cats can increase owner attachment and reduce stress levels in both cats and humans.


It makes sense that regular playtime can reduce stress, nothing brings a bigger smile than your cat catching its wand toy mid-air.

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Interactive playtime allows your cat to make positive associations with its environment, meaning it is a super powerful tool to use on a shy or nervous cat; it helps build trust thus it’s very useful to use when you move home; it improves communication, and creates a stronger emotional connection between you and your cat.



SO MUCH ACTIVITIES!


So, what kind of activities should you engage in during playtime with your cat? The options are endless!


It's important to understand your cat’s routines and when you cat is mostly receptive to play. Your cat will have a favourite toy but it is best to have a variety of toys in your arsenal to avoid boredom and increase stimulation.


For a more in-depth view, read this article – the best ways to play with your cat.


In conclusion, playtime is an essential aspect of cat care that should not be overlooked. It offers numerous physical and mental health benefits for your cat, and also helps strengthen the bond between you and your furry friend. So, next time you're looking for a way to bond with your cat, grab a toy and spend some quality playtime together – your cat will thank you for it!


LILO'S FINAL THOUGHTS

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  • If you're not going to play with me, why do you have me?

  • I always want to play, no matter my age, you might just have to slow things down for me.

  • Playtime is my favourite part of the day, I often show it - you know that crazy half hour? When I run like crazy... it's cause I want to play.

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