I know my cat to naturally find great interest in prey, but it seems my cat has lost even that urge, something may be wrong which I have no clue of. Even the toys my cat still won't play. Won't my cat play anymore? I miss her playing.
If your cat won't play, it's probably your fault. I know, this may sound a tad harsh. But time after time, I meet owners who claim their cats have no interest in play. And more often than not, the problem isn’t the cat, it’s the way his owners are interacting with him (or not) during playtime. Cats are great thinkers, and before they spring into action, they always have a plan. They take their time to assess every situation, as both prey and predator. As cat owners, we should take some time to observe as well. That way we can adapt to our cat, instead of expecting them to play the way humans do.
If you’ve never played with your cat before, start small. Grab and retain your cat’s interest little by little. He may not spring into action right away, but don’t worry. Observation is a big part of a cat’s hunting strategy. Allow him to observe the toy as you move it around. Let him sniff it or listen to it.
Pay attention to your cat's posture, interest, and behavior and act accordingly. If your cat is wide-eyed and fixated on the toy, then he’s definitely interested. Look for any combination of these behaviors: crouched low to the ground in pre-pounce position, wide eyes, chittering or excited meowing, ears up and alert, sniffing the air.
Here is the thing. The best way if you want your cat to play is to be the prey. Move your cat’s toys like real critters would move. Become and embody the prey's motion and replicate it. Bugs skitter or fly, snakes slither, lizards scurry jump, birds flutter, squirrels are noisy. Change it up and try to mimic different types of small prey such as birds, bugs, moles and more.
Maybe your cat need new toys. Because different animals move differently, they also make different sounds. If a movement doesn’t catch your cat’s eye, consider toys that make rustling noises, like our Hide and Sneak or Magic Carpet. You can place his prey underneath and he will pretend to hunt or forage beneath the “rustling leaves.” I will suggest you get your cat new toys.