Kittens are active, mischievous animals that like the chance to play. Here are some easy methods to keep your kitten safe during playtime.
Why Is Playtime Vital?
Playing is a way that cats and kittens remain physically fit and mentally sharp. When kittens play, they also practice their hunt behavior. Very young kittens use the first couple of weeks of their lives wrestling with the other kittens in their litters. This is important to establish their “eye-paw” coordination.
The “social” play phase will peak at around 12 to 14 weeks. Then it becomes more “prey-oriented” play. It’s during this time that kittens become mischievous and may also start ruining things around the house.
- The Best Time To Play
The most effective times to have fun with your kitty are early in the early morning and at night. This is when your pet is the sharpest. Keep interactive play sessions brief—around 10-15 minutes at a time—a couple of times a day. Your kitten will keep themselves occupied for the rest of the day by playing by herself or resting.
- Help Your Cat Practice Natural Skills During Play
Kittens love to hide, chase, strike and climb. These activities should be the focus during play. Cardboard boxes and empty paper bags are enjoyable to hide in. Fishing pole-style toys are excellent for chasing. You can also try to hide treats on empty toilet rolls, utilizing a laser light as a guide to chasing after. Don’t forget to provide your kitten with scratching blog post to divert undesirable scratching away from furniture and other stuff around the house.
- Select The Appropriate Toys
The best toys for kittens are the interactive ones. For example, toys in the likeness of a mouse or a tiny bird are likely to delight your kitten if they wiggle and move like the real thing. Ping-pong balls are good toys because they roll, encouraging a chase. Some pet cats will find catnip-fill toys irresistible around four months old.
Stay clear from toys with string or bow because they may result in unwanted accidents and injuries. Equally important is to never leave your kitten without supervision, especially with toys that might be shredded or ingested. If you reserve some of their toys exclusively for your play sessions with each other, your kitty less likely to be bored of them.
- Your Toes And Fingers Are Not Toys
When playing with your cat, never use fingers or toes as toys. This can turn into a painful habit when your pet cat matures. Playtime is also a great way to help your kitten acknowledge their name. Use it when you play with each other.
- Redirect Hostility
Playtime can turn painful if your cat or kitten starts to show aggression towards you. When your kitten starts pouncing and biting on your feet or legs as you stroll past, it would be wise to stand still. This way, there’s nothing to excite them further. You can also sidetrack their interest with a toy.