Caring for my cat

 

The importance of interactive playtime

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Playtime is an essential way to keep your cat stimulated mentally and physically. It’s also a great tool to help your cat in a variety of situations: building trust, helping two cats to become friends, exercising, burning energy and for stress relief.

Playtime is an essential way to keep your cat stimulated mentally and physically. It’s also a great tool to help your cat in a variety of situations: building trust, helping two cats to become friends, exercising, burning energy and for stress relief.

 

Try to maintain a regular schedule of interactive play – it’s as easy as 15 minutes a day – and take this opportunity to bond with your cat and find out their preferred games.

 

Anything light and soft that they can bat around will give them something to play with, pounce on and fetch. This doesn't mean you need to buy a range of weird and wonderful toys – a cat will often be as happy with ping-pong balls, boxes, paper (not plastic) bags or even scrunched-up receipts.

When it’s time to end the game, don’t just suddenly stop and put the toy away. Instead, wind the action down, in the same way you would cool-down after exercise.

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Shedding fur

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Cats can spend 15% of their waking hours grooming, and it is natural for them to begin moulting as the weather heats up.

Cats can spend 15% of their waking hours grooming, and it is natural for them to begin moulting as the weather heats up.

 

As your furry friend begins to shed their winter coat, it's even more important to brush and groom your little cat. Not only is helping them groom a good way to reduce fur balls – it also gives you some quality bonding time.

 

Try to develop a regular routine at a time when both you and your cat are relaxed. Start by keeping the sessions short and positive, and always stop before they protest.

Brush your cat slowly, combing in the direction of hair growth to smooth the coat and remove any minor knots or tangles.

 

As your little lion learns to enjoy the sessions, you can make them longer, and soon, it will become a time of day you both look forward to!

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