All cats and kittens need daily playtime. Cats who do not get enough play or interaction with their owners can become bored, restless and develop behavior problems. A bored cat will find ways of amusing himself, such as eating your plants.
Set aside 10 to 15 minutes every day to play with your feline friend. Your cat will look forward to your scheduled playtime and will miss it if you skip a day. Play not only makes your pet socialized, but it is a great way to give him the exercise he needs while keeping his mind and instincts sharp.
Kittens need little or no encouragement to play and often play so hard that they wear themselves out. If you have more than one kitten in the house, you will not have to worry about scheduling playtime because kittens will play each other constantly throughout the day.
Make sure that your cat has plenty of safe toys out when you are not home so that he can amuse himself during the day. Every so often, buy a new toy and introduce it to your cat, and then rotate out an old toy. He will find the new toy interesting, and in a few days you can bring back the old toy. Your cat will think the old toy is new again.
Cats love to play games, and you can throw a ping pong ball down the hallway and have your cat chase it or swat a plastic call for your cat to hit back to you. They also love cardboard boxed and may use them as toys, a scratching post, and as a bed. Your cat may also invent his own games of chase or tag with you or other pets.
A happy, well socialized cat is a dream to have in the home. Cat lovers know that their cat is not a statue meant to be ignored and realize that the more they socialize with their pet, the more interest he will take in his owner's activities.
Cats are intelligent animals who need stimulation and interaction in their world. Spend some quality time socializing with your feline companion, and see what he is trying to tell you and you may be surprised by what you learn.