How to keep cats entertained! – Simon’s Cat | LOGIC #12

Hello I’m Simon, welcome to Simon’s Cat
Logic, we’ll be finding out from a cat expert why cats behave the way they do.
Today we’re finding out about ‘Playtime’. Well over the years, my cats have had
hundreds of toys, they have had little mice they have had little bells, little balls that
go everywhere, and most of these toys have ended up under the sofa, or under
the fridge. Teddy’s favourite toy is actually this simple piece of string and
this is his actual favourite toy in the world. It shows like he’s been mauling
this all day long and what I like to do is just put a
little knot in the end to give it some weight, and that helps weigh it down
when you drag it along the floor. And then you twitch it, like it’s a little animal with little erratic movements and that will drive your cats crazy. He will chase
this all day long if you go outside and put this through the long grass, he is
just the happiest cat in the world. If you have an indoor cat, you may be
wondering how much exercise or play that they need. Certainly cats that are indoor
only, would require more exercise and play then a cat that has outdoor access.
Although there’s no definitive amount of time a cat should play, indoor only cats
should have multiple short play sessions throughout the day. It’s important not to
play with kittens or cats using the hands or toes as this will teach them
that they’re a fun toy. This can be very painful for owners. It’s much better to
use something like a fishing rod toy such as this which keeps the play
safely away from hands. And as you can see from Nigel,
they absolutely love them. The great thing about fishing rod toys is that you
can use them to show different styles of play. So, for example whether you have it
up in the air like this or if you run it across the ground a bit like a mouse. So
if you are using a fishing rod toy, it’s best to avoid dangling the toy in front of
the cat’s face. Cats are far sighted meaning they can’t see that well under
25 centimeters. Cats much prefer it to have the fishing rod toy moving it away from the cat, similar to how prey would move. Fishing rod toys are great because they
allow the cat to catch and kill the toy giving cats the opportunity to be
successful releases endorphins or happy hormones and makes them feel good. This is why laser toys can sometimes be
frustrating and may be best avoided but if you do use a laser toy always end the
game on a physical toy like a mouse so the cat has the opportunity to catch and
kill something. Other small toys such as balls, string mice and ping-pong balls
can be very exciting for cats to play with. We’d recommend that owners
experiment with different types of toys as well as different styles of play to
find out what their cat prefers, but however you play with your cat, it’s lots
of fun for them and for us and it helps reinforce the bond between the owner and their cat. Well, my cat Hugh who was the inspiration for Simon’s Cat used to love
a little laser toy, a little mouse laser toy, and it had a little keyring at the
back, and whenever you rattled that keyring, he would run from wherever he
was… asleep or in the garden, he would come shooting in and start to try to
hunt that little red dot. Funnily enough the other cats weren’t that bothered
about it. Little Teddy used to have a little go, but then used to lose
interest, but Hugh would just follow that thing all day long, he absolutely loved
it. That was definitely his favourite toy!

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