Why not use your left-over wrapping for a game with your cat? Chances are that after Christmas, you will be left with a pile of stuff that you won’t need any longer.
We’re big fans of reusing or recycle these materials, but consider holding on to items like ribbons, tissue paper and cardboard boxes, even if they’re a bit torn. We promise, they will help you create some entertaining games for your cat.
Playing games will inspire your cat to interact with you and the rest of the family more. Your cat might not enjoy all of these games, but it’s worth giving it a try and see what they’ll go for.
Roll the tissue paper into loose balls and fill up a large paper bag. Add a few of your cats’ favourite (and preferably rather smelly) treats and let them spend the afternoon rummaging through the bag.
Use paper or plastic cups and a dry treat to play the shell game. Also known as ‘thimblerig’, the game involves three (or more) cups that are placed face-down over a small item. All containers are then shuffled in plain view making the spectating feline hunter guess where the item might be. But please don’t think you’ll ever outsmart your cat…watch cat Kido to see how it’s done.
Cardboard gift boxes
There are dozens of ways to use a cardboard box. Cut holes into it and let kitty explore the inside. See what happens, when you drop a walnut or two into the box or use some ribbon to entice your cat to grab it. Use very big boxes to hide behind for a session of hide & seek.
Wrapping paper makes a wonderful arena for any form of pouncing game. Rustle an object underneath. But avoid using your fingers, those claws are made for hunting…
If your cat’s up for covering some ground, use rope, ribbons or even tinsel to tease them into a game of chase. Careful now with that Christmas tree…
It’s important to remember that cats hunt in short bursts. So, try to ration your play and allow them to catch and grab their prey at the end of each game. It’ll make them feel like the great hunters that they actually are.
Enjoy the Holidays and Make Them Roar