Kittens are beyond cute: somehow, these little balls of fur often manage to completely melt our hearts with a single meow. They’re also very playful! A Scottsdale, AZ vet offers some advice on playing with little Fluffy below.
Make It Routine
Pets tend to thrive on set schedules, just as children do. Try to make kitty playtime a part of your daily routine. This shouldn’t be a chore: you may find playing with your furry friend is as much fun for you as it is for her!
Discourage Bad Play
Rough play is very common in kittens. Little Fluffy is trying to master all those teeth and claws, and she may try to practice on you. This is cute with baby cats, but can become very problematic down the road. If your furball bites or scratches you, tell her ‘No’ and then ignore her for a while. You can also say ‘Don’t bite’ or ‘Put your claws away’ or ‘Play nice.’ The key is to use the same phrasing and a disapproving tone.
Capture The Moment
There are few things cuter than frisky kittens hard at play. Snap some cute pictures of your pint-sized pal. Little Fluffy’s adorable toddler phase will be over before you know it!
Never underestimate little Fluffy’s ability to get into mischief. Always put string toys up after each use. Your furry pal could get tangled if she tries to play with these by herself. Also, don’t play near anything that could be dangerous, such as stairs or pools.
Know The Benefits
When you take time to play with your furry friend, you’re not just entertaining her. You’re helping her stay fit and active, burning off excess zoomies, and making her feel loved and cared for. Playtime also provides your kitty with beneficial mental stimulation. This is all very important for little Fluffy’s health and well-being.
Keep It Up
Playing isn’t just for baby cats! Fluffy will slow down over time, but even when she reaches her senior years, she’ll still enjoy letting her inner kitten out.
Enjoy The Rewards
Cats really like it when their humans spoil them. Little Fluffy may very well show her gratitude by hopping into your lap for snuggles and purrs after playtime is over.
Do you have questions or concerns about your cat’s health or care? Contact us, your Scottsdale, AZ veterinary clinic, today!