One of the best ways for cat owners to bond with their cat is during playtime. An engaged, playful cat is a happy cat. Because cats are born with the hunting instinct this is a great way to play with your cat, and encourage their natural behavior. Use a toy such as a feather wand or a mouse on a string. Move the toy around as the cat’s prey would. Your cat will tirelessly stalk, hunt and pounce on the toy.
While you do not want to make the “cat and mouse game” too easy, it is important to occasionally let your cat catch the toy during each play session. This will prevent your cat from becoming discouraged and quickly losing interest in the game.
Many cat owners enjoy using a laser pointer for their pet to chase. While this is fun for the cat, it is also important to periodically use a toy that the cat can actually physically catch.
When playing with your cat you often need to go by her schedule. A sleepy cat or one who has just eaten is rarely interested in games and will only become irritated if you continue trying to engage her despite this.