Watching cats play makes us smile, laugh out loud, and maybe even join in the fun. While adult pets play less than rambunctious babies, all cats play to some extent through their entire life. It’s not only fun for you both, but healthy as well.
What about your cats? Do they have favorite toys or activities? Do your adult cats still play, or have they become sedate couch potato kitties?
By four weeks of age, kittens practice four basic techniques: play fighting, mouse pounce, bird swat, and fish scoop. The first play displayed by kittens is on the back, belly-up, with paws waving. Feints at the back of a sibling’s neck mimic the prey-bite used to dispatch mice (toy or real). Kittens also practice the simpering sideways shuffle, back arched high, almost tiptoeing around other kittens or objects. Soon, the eye-paw coordination improves to execute the pounce, the boxer stance, chase and pursuit, horizontal leaps, and the face-off where kittens bat each other about the head. Read more about WHY cats play as well as HOW they play in this Paw Nation article.
Seren, as an adult, doesn’t play all that much–except at night when we’re trying to sleep. That’s when I hear her GALUMPHING up and down the stairs, chasing toy (or imaginary) mice. She’s thrilled to have just received a BOX-‘O-KITTY-TOYS from Play-n-Squeak and has been kitty-testing them. Check out that link for a way-kewl video demo, and to hear the actual mouse-squeak.
She’s a tough sell so if Seren-kitty likes ’em, chances are your fur-kids will be thrilled. These “mice” actually SQUEAK like a real mouse–and that’s a huge thrill for an indoor kitty. There’s lots to choose from, and I’ve just highlighted a few.
Do your kittens go overboard with play? Cat aggression and cat attacks may be either predatory or play aggression, and look identical. But when the kitten grapples your bare feet and chomps down, it’s anything but fun and games for owners. You may suspect Fluff-Baby has turned into Demon-Cat, but truly, this is normal kitten behavior and he’s not channeling his “inner lion” and planning to eat you. Here are 7 ways to stop kitten play aggression.
How do YOUR kittens (and adult cats) play? Do they invent games? I’ve known cats that run-run-run-run, LAND on a throw rug and sleddddddddddddd………… across the slick floor, for example. Or adult cats that leap to the tops of cabinets, knock over the box of dawgie treats, and play gravity experiments tap-tap-tapping ’em off the edge to feed the grateful pooch below. So what’s your cat’s pleasure? Toys–or toes. *eg* Please share your favorite ever cat toy or game.
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