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6 Great Reasons to Play With Your Cat

July 15 2018

Do you play with your cat regularly? If so, that’s great! Playing is of course lots of fun for Fluffy, but it’s also very good for her. In this article, a Crown Point, IN vet lists some great reasons to play with your feline friend.


As you’ve probably noticed, cats are fairly sleepy little furballs. Fluffy can snooze up to 20 hours a day! This makes it quite easy for kitties to put on weight. Of course, you probably won’t have a lot of luck convincing Fluffy to do stair runs. Getting her to play with her favorite toy is much easier! Even a few minutes of jumping and pouncing will help keep your feline friend active.

Mental Stimulation

Another benefit of playing is that it offers cats beneficial mental stimulation. Fluffy has to really focus to time those tricky pounces just right! This is kind of like the feline equivalent of doing a crossword puzzle.


Cats are always happiest when they feel loved, safe, and a little bit pampered. When you take a few minutes to hold that feather toy or laser pointer for Fluffy to chase, she’ll know you’re doing something for her benefit. Don’t be surprised if your furball repays you with cuddles, kitty kisses, and purrs.


We know, cats seem to really, really enjoy doing as little as possible. However, Fluffy does need entertainment when she’s actually awake. Kitties can get bored and stressed with nothing to do! A fun round of Catch The Red Dot will help keep your pet happy and purring.

Peaceful Sleep

Does your furball have a habit of wanting to play in the middle of the night? Does Fluffy pounce on your toes while you’re trying to sleep? Tire your frisky pet out with a vigorous play session before bedtime. Then, give your feline pal a late supper. We probably don’t have to tell you what happens when cats are both tired and full!

It’s Cute!

There are few things cuter than cats hard at play! Fluffy is absolutely adorable when she’s attacking one of her toys or running around. Kitty playtime may be just as fun for you as it is for your pet!

Please do not hesitate to contact us, your Crown Point, IN pet clinic, if we can ever be of assistance. We are here to help!