June 2008 Issue

Any Time Can Be Play-Time

Get creative and find novel ways to entertain your cat, even when you're in the middle of a busy day. Here's some help.

Remember when you first adopted your kitten or cat? One of the greatest pleasures was probably playing together. But nowadays, you often feel too busy: Perhaps you work full-time, take care of kids all day or do both. So you congratulate yourself on providing your cat with a clean litter box and fresh food and water each day. You even throw your feline a toy once in a while and give her treats. Isnít that enough? No, say experts. According to Kathryn Michel, DVM, an associate professor of nutrition at the University of Pennsylvania, "Giving food is a huge part of bonding and affection in our society, so itís natural that we do it with our pets. But many times our pets are asking for attention ó not food. There are other ways to show our felines we love them; playing with them is an important one."

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