First things first: make sure your kitty has lots of fun toys to play with. Classic cat toys, like catnip mice, are great, but you can also offer Fluffy some modern toys, such as robotic mice, mechanical ‘swimming’ fish, or catnip bubbles. Rotate your furry buddy’s playthings out regularly to keep things fresh and fun for her.
Many of our feline patients are pampered housecats that wouldn’t know what to do with a mouse if one ran right out in front of them. However, even if Fluffy has only ever ‘hunted’ your fuzzy slippers, she will still enjoy watching birds and squirrels and daydreaming about being a fierce hunter. Offer your pet a comfy window seat with a good view. Fluffy may spend hours just watching local wildlife and thinking about hunting!
Cats absolutely love to climb things. They also love exploring nooks and crannies. Get Fluffy some fun kitty furniture that encourages her to jump and climb. Cat towers are a great option for this, as they offer Fluffy a jungle gym, napping spot, and high vantage point. Your feline buddy may also enjoy pet tents, tunnels, or tipis.
We strongly recommend keeping cats indoors. However, there’s no reason Fluffy can’t enjoy a taste of nature! Turn a patio, spare room, or sunny corner into a catio by adding some nontoxic plants. Your furball will love having green leaves to nibble on and hide behind! Check the ASPCA website for a full list of safe and unsafe plants.
At the end of the day, Fluffy’s favorite toy may very well be you. Take time to play with your cat every day. These regular play sessions are a great way to keep your feline friend active! Use toys that you can control—like laser pointers or wand toys—that will get Fluffy up and moving, without encouraging her to attack your hands or feet.
Please contact us, your Glen Burnie, MD pet hospital, for all your cat’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!
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