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4 Healthy Games To Play With Your Cat

Posted: 02/25/2012 11:01 am

By Arden Moore for Vetstreet

Never underestimate the power of play for your indoor cat: Cats not only need but enjoy regular play sessions. Just don't expect your Persian to revel in a game of fetch, and forget trying to engage your Siamese in a friendly game of tug-of-war.

What games do cats enjoy the most? Ones that harness the true hunter inside them, says Joan Miller, a veteran all-breed cat judge and vice president of Cat Fanciers' Association, the world's largest registry of cat breeds.

"Cats are farsighted animals who really don't see that well close-up," says Miller. "But they can detect even the slightest movement that is, say, 120 feet away -- even in dim light. And their ability to hear is way beyond that of humans and dogs."

So how do you play with your cat? Miller identifies four feline-preferred game styles and the best times to play:

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These games involve waving feather wand toys or other cat toys that require your cat to leap in the air and try to capture the flying object in her front paws. Select a safe, spacious area of your home so that your cat does not fly into any furniture.

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