Kittens are active, mischievous creatures that love the opportunity to play. Here are some simple ways to get the most out of playtime with your kitten.
Why play is essential
Play is an important way for cats and kittens to stay physically fit and mentally alert. When kittens play, they are also practising the hunting behaviour they would naturally use in the wild. Very young kittens spend the first few weeks of their lives wrestling with the other kittens in their litter, and learning basic “eye-to-paw” coordination.
Never use fingers or toes as toys, it can develop into a painful habit when your cat grows up
When to play
The best times to play with your kitten are early in the morning and in the evening, when your pet is feeling alert. Keep interactive play sessions short – around 10-15 minutes at a time – a couple of times a day, and your kitten will keep themselves busy for the rest of the day, either exploring, playing by herself or sleeping.
Any toy shaped like a mouse or a small bird is likely to excite your kitten, especially if you make it wiggle and dart like the real thing.