Ten Easy Games You Can Play With Your Cat
Playing with your cat brings many benefits to both of you. Games provide cats with mental stimulation and exercise which they need just as much as we do. Playing with your cat also helps you bond with them and builds trust and affection. Here are ten easy games that you and your feline companions can enjoy day after day after day without having to spend big bucks.
Games Cats Love
1. You will need only one object for this game: a ping pong ball. It's an easy game. You bounce the pingpong ball on the floor or against a wall and watch your cat bounce along with it. I've done this many times and have ended up laughing at the many odd ways my cats can twist and contort their bodies just to get a swipe at the little ball.
2. Crumple a piece of paper, roll it across the floor, and watch what happens. My cats love this game. There's something about the sound crumpled paper makes that they just cannot resist. One of my cats even carries the crumpled ball of paper with her when she goes to bed. Be sure to collect the ball of paper when you're done playing, or you'll have confetti everywhere the next day! I learned that the hard way.
3. Cut about two feet of yarn or ribbon and drag it across the bed or floor. Your cats' eyes will literally bulge out of their heads when they see the alluring piece of string and they'll bolt right for it. Just make sure to put it away when you're done. You don't want your cats swallowing the string.
4. Hide a stuffed toy under the blanket and wiggle it around so that the blanket moves. Your cats will think there's a mouse under the covers and dive right for it. Move the toy around so they have room to pounce. A variation of this would be to put your cat under the covers and you lightly run the stuffed toy over the blanket. My cats can't resist trying to catch the shadows. (See photo above.)
5. Play hide and seek. Hide behind a couch, bed, desk, anything. Cats will stalk you as if you're e their prey. Be alert though, cats are crafty. They'll be right overhead or underfoot before you know it. Watch this funny video of a cat expertly "stalking" his prey which, in this case, is the camera.
6. Play newspaper dance. You know how to play this game, right? You put a sheet or two of newspaper on the floor, but instead of you stepping on it, put your cat on top of it and entice him by wagging something under the newspaper. He'll fall in love with the crinkly newspaper at first pounce. You can also blow a little air so the edges of the newspaper fly up a bit. Your cat won't know which corner to attack first.
7. Play "tag." I don't know if other people do this as well, but I play tag with my cats. I run and they chase after me. One of them eventually "tags" me and I run after them. It's very good exercise for my cats and for me, too.
8. This one isn't really exercise, but it's lots of fun. Sit in front of the computer with your cat on your lap facing the screen. Find an interesting video, watch it together, and see how your cat likes it. Here's a video of my cat Jiggy being baffled by Mr. Bean.
Now aren't all these games easy and fun?
9. Put a large paper bag on the floor and stand back. Your cats will gravitate to it like moths to a flame. Once they jump in it, gently poke the sides of the paper bag with your fingers. The cat inside will have a grand old time trying to catch your fingers.
10. If you don't mind your stuff getting messed up, leave your bag open on your bed and watch your curious cats try to find out what's inside it. Mine almost always get my lipstick for some reason. They really enjoy batting it across the floor.