Indoor games are an excellent way to keep your feline fur baby entertained and engaged and they can also help to strengthen the bond between the two of you. Here are six fun indoor games to play with your cat...
1. Hide and seek
This is a classic game that can be played with your cat. You can either hide yourself or a toy, and your cat is encouraged to use their sense of smell to find you or the toy. This game is a great way to exercise your cat's natural hunting instincts.
2. Chasing and hunting games
Cats love to chase and hunt and you can play a chasing and hunting game with your cat using a laser pointer or a small ball. Laser pointers are especially popular with cats, as they enjoy the challenge of trying to catch the elusive light. However, it's important to never shine the laser directly into your cat's eyes.
3. Magic carpet game
The magic carpet game is a fun and easy game to play with your cat. All you need is a piece of newspaper or a small carpet. Place your cat on the carpet or newspaper, then drag it around the room. Your cat will love the sensation of being moved around and may try to catch the edges of the paper or carpet.
4. Food puzzles
Food puzzles are an excellent way to keep your cat entertained and mentally stimulated. You can buy food puzzles from your local pet store or make your own using toilet rolls or small boxes. Fill the puzzle with your cat's favourite treats; they will enjoy the challenge of trying to get the treats out.
5. Obstacle courses
Obstacle courses are another fun indoor game to play with your cat. You can set up a course using boxes, tunnels, and other objects around your home, then encourage your cat to climb, jump, and explore the course. This game is a great way to keep your cat active and engaged.
6. Mechanical toys and apps
These are also great ways to keep your cat entertained and there are many mechanical toys on the market that mimic the movements of prey animals, such as mice or birds. You can also download apps on your phone or tablet that have games and puzzles for your cat to play.
It's important to always make sure that the games you play with your cat are safe and suitable for your pet. Avoid games that involve small objects that your cat could swallow, and never use your hands or feet as toys.
Additionally, be sure to supervise your cat during playtime to ensure their safety and respect your cat’s nap and rest times – particularly if they’re very old or very young. Be patient and remain aware of your pet’s abilities.