It’s important and just a moment of your time will do – one of our Sanctuary guests would like a word with you about a very serious subject.
Hi Everyone –
If you don’t already know me, let me introduce myself:
My name is Sophie.
I’m a cute little Tortie currently living at the Sanctuary.
I love to chill outside, stare out the window, and help our volunteer manager with all of her paperwork. (Though, to be honest, I like the paper much better when it is crinkled up and on the ground for me to smack.)
Anyway, that’s what I wanted to talk about – fun! And playing. And how to do it the kitty approved way.
Now, you might be thinking “Sophie, come on, don’t be silly ….I already know how to play with cats.”
Seriously just hear me out!
There’s some cool facts about kitty brains that I want to share with you to make our play sessions more fun.
The big thing to know is that we like to play because it reminds us of hunting. When we dive bomb a feather toy, we pretend it’s a real live bird! So it’s important to move the toys like they are real prey.
Ever wonder why cats seem so bored when you just dangle the toy in our face? We’re thinking that’s gotta be a pretty dumb bird to fly right into our face-and it can be kinda scary too. If anything, I’ll just swat or bite it just to get it out of the way! That’s not very fun or challenging for me.
I want to stalk, chase pounce and attack! If you move the toy like prey that will definitely catch my interest.
Try moving it side to side, have it sneak around corners, have it move slow like a bird walking on the ground and then zoom – into flight!
Have it stop from time to time so we can strategize how we are going to catch it and move it AWAY from us so we can chase it. Of course let us win every one in a while too! If the toy is flinging so fast without us even being able to touch it our heads will definitely spin.
It’s all about finding that balance and letting us pretend play. The best part of a play session is getting to capture my feathered foe for a little while.
I mean sure, it’s fun to have food given to us on silver platters – or in my case, blue treat balls. But when it’s time to play, give us a challenge!
Incorporate this new knowledge of kitty hunter instincts in your next play session and watch the fun begin.
Supreme Tortie of Sebastian House