01 May Benefits of Playing With Your Cat
Hey Fur Families!
Welcome back to another issue of Paw Patrol! In this issue we want to discuss the benefits of playing with your pets. Have you ever wondered why playing with your pets is so important? Here’s helpful information on why you should play with your cat(s) every day.
Building a bond
Playing with your cat(s) is the best possible way to build up a bond between the two of you.
They will become more attached and you will feel closer to them.
The best way to ensure that your cat does not become overweight is by feeding them correctly with a balanced diet, but exercise also plays a part in keeping your kitty healthy. If yours is an indoor cat, then playing with you may be their only opportunity for exertion and staying trim.
Playing will help your cat to become confident. Also regular play periods, coupled with petting sessions, will get your cat used to human interaction, they will be less likely to shy away and hide, when visitors call and may even be more receptive to grooming.
Encouraging the lion in your cat
Playing will help your cat develop his hunting abilities. Hunting is a natural instinct for all cats, a cat confined to indoors usually has little chance to express and develop this instinct. Encourage kitty to chase a toy mouse, allow him to pounce for the ‘kill’. This will aid him should he ever get lost and need to find food.
Relax, Relate, Release
Playing will help your cat release aggression. Cats often display aggressive traits through boredom. Tutor your cat not to scratch, bite or attack you with play sessions. Use praise to reward your cat for playing gently, as soon as they show any sign they are about to use their teeth or claws – end the play session. This will teach your cat that aggressive cat behavior is best directed to their toys, and not you!
Just plain old fun
Cats need fun in their lives, just like humans need it. Relieve the monotony of eating, snoozing and using the litter box by putting a bit of fun in your cats life. You will have a happier, more confident and less aggressive kitty.
Hope you find these tips helpful and always remember to… LOVE. BRUSH. GROOM. REPEAT.