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Playing with cats!

Playing with your cat is an important part of their development. It keeps them alert and hones their natural instincts. Playing helps cats learn how to use their bodies and how to interact with the world around them. It’s also a lot of fun for you. Here are some games you can play with your cat.

Jenga

Set up the tower and watch your cat knock it over.

Laser pointer

A little red light? What could it be? Time to pounce! You’ve probably seen a cat try to hunt a laser pointer before, but have you ever tried it yourself? All you have to do is take a seat and watch your cat try in vain to catch the light. When they’re all tired out, you can enjoy a nice cuddle. Don’t give them kitty cataracts! Be careful not to shine the laser in your furry friend’s eyes.

Peek-a-boo

This won’t work with every cat, but it’s worth a shot. Get your cat’s attention and dart behind a corner. Peek your head out and stare the kitty down. The cat should freeze in place. Duck back behind the corner for a moment, then peek again. Your stealthy cat should have moved closer. Repeat until your cat gets to the corner and prepare to be pounced on.

Toys

There are plenty of cat toys out there, but some of the easiest to work with are teaser wands with feathers on the end. Simply wave one of these in front of your cat and they’ll be unable to resist the chance to tear it to shreds. Better the toy than your new couch though. If you want a cheaper toy, try a ball of yarn. It won’t be a ball for long, but your cat will have a ball unraveling it.