“Hi Imgur, I’m your friendly neighborhood feline behaviorist. Cats are often misunderstood creatures- I can’t tell you how much misinformation I see out there about them. Part of this is because cats have NOT been studied scientifically nearly as much as some other species, such as dogs!
I want to help cats by making sure that humans have a better understanding of them, and thus don’t have unrealistic expectations for their behavior. I figured why not share some info on Imgur 🙂 Even if you don’t want to read it, you can at least enjoy a few pictures of some shelter kitties!
Today’s post is a slightly edited version of a post I wrote a little over a year ago.
Every feline, regardless of their age, should be engaged with play and other enrichment every single day. If you have just adopted a cat, keep in mind that they may need to settle into your home and gain their confidence before they are willing to engage in play.
While there are many great things you can give to your cat to play with independently, there is no replacement for interactions with you, their human! There is one kind of toy that shines above all others when it comes to spending time playing with your cat- a wand toy.
Many cats have a preference about exactly what kind of wand toy they want to play with, so you may need to try out a few before you find their favorite. Lots of cats like ones that have string-style elements to them, or dangly tassels/strips at the tip. Get a few different styles, and read through the following tips to get them playing.”