When you think about it, cats are really living the life. They're free to lounge around all day, sunbathe, and take naps. Their meals are even prepped for them. But, something HUGE is missing from the daily activities of most cats... PLAY!
There are many physical and mental health benefits of play. Here's why it’s important to make sure your cat gets a daily dose of playtime:
Keep Boredom at Bay
Cats are intelligent animals and sometimes have a tendency to get bored. Many behavior problems such as litter box issues, scratching, and aggression towards other pets are the result of boredom. Try playing with your cat to see if these behaviors improve. Play helps to break up a cat's boredom and helps them release energy. Scheduling daily playtime will give your cat something to look forward to during a monotonous day!
Sharpen Their Instincts
Did you know that in the wild, cats hunt up to 20 times a day? Indoor cats use play to satisfy their natural hunting instincts. Bella loves to play with cat toy balls that spin and wobble.
Rather than hunt a mouse outside, indoor cats can stalk, chase, and trap toys. Play is a part of their developmental process where cats practice innate survival skills.
Living indoors, cats are prone to a sedimentary lifestyle, which can lead to overeating and weight gain. Regular playtime helps cats stay active, allowing them to maintain a healthy weight and have toned muscles. Exercise not only has physical benefits, but mental ones as well! Keeping cats guessing through new games and toys will help keep their minds sharp through their older kitty years.
Family Bonding Time
In addition to keeping your cat entertained, play helps build the bond between the two of you. Since cats are known to be low maintenance, this sometimes causes their parents to get into the habit of assuming their cat is fine on its own. But, your cat will love interacting with you through play.
Playtime is also a great way to find out more about your cat’s personality! Whether they are a social butterfly, cautious, a thrill-seeker, or something else, a cat's favorite activities can help you understand their needs.
Cats should be getting 10-15 minute play sessions a couple times a day. Cat ball toys are the perfect way to get started and to keep your cat on their toes.