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Thumbs up Cats 101 : Getting Your First Cat - Part 6 Playing With Your Cat

Lesson 6 - Playing With Your Cat
By Franny Syufy, About.com

What's the big deal, you ask? Everyone knows how to play with a cat! Well, yes and no. For instance, some people (guys, for the most part) want to wrestle with a cat like they would do with a dog. Wrong! Cats are not dogs, and though they may appear to be having a great time, you're teaching them that hands are toys. Unless you want to carry life-long scars when that kitten grows up, he needs to know right now that hands are not toys.

Toys, Toys, Toys


Before You Buy Cat Toys

You probably have all kinds of recyclable things around the house that would make irresistible toys for your cat, like paper bags and boxes. Did you know that drinking straws are favorite toys of both cats and kittens, as well as a great teething tool for the youngsters?

Bet You Can't Buy Just One
The day will come when you won't be able to resist buying "a few" toys for your cats. Stock up on toy catnip mice (you'll want plenty of these), crinkly "prey," and balls of all kinds to throw and chase. Somewhere along the line, you'll want to splurge on a great interactive toy. Whatever you do, don't miss out on Da Bird!

How to Play With Your Cat

Now's the time for the real fun! After all, this is the reason many people feel the need for a feline companion - a furball they can play with, to fulfill the need social intercourse with other humans just doesn't offer.

This article suggests creative ways to interact with your cat, as well as signs to watch for to call it a day. (You can have plenty more play time in days to come.)

Catnip!


Who Put the 'Nip' in Catnip?

That cats generally go crazy over catnip is a given truth. You'll definitely want to play on an ongoing supply of catnip for your kitty. You can rub it on scratching posts and toys, or just let him eat it (a small amount, please.) For extra fun, grow your own, and make him a few catnip "mice," using purchased baby socks, or use some of those "unmatching pairs" in your sock drawer.
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