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Unconventional Playtime: Enrichment Activities for Curious Cats

When it comes to our furry feline friends, playtime is not just about chasing a feather or batting at a ball of yarn. Cats are naturally curious creatures with a keen sense of adventure and thrive on mental stimulation as much as physical exercise.

To truly engage your cat’s mind and provide enriching playtime, it’s time to think outside the litter box. In this blog, we’ll explore some unconventional yet highly effective ways to keep your curious cat entertained and mentally engaged.

Here are some of our favourite activities for cats.

Puzzle Feeders

Puzzle feeders are a fantastic way to combine mealtime with mental stimulation. These devices dispense kibble piece by piece as your cat manipulates them. Cats must figure out how to access their food, which taps into their hunting instincts and keeps their minds active.

Laser Pointer Art Gallery

Cats love to chase that elusive red dot from a laser pointer. Make it more engaging by projecting the laser on the wall in patterns that mimic the movement of insects. Your cat will have a blast ‘hunting’ these imaginary prey.

Cat TV

Yes, you read that right. Cat TV is a real thing! There are channels and videos specifically designed to capture feline attention with birds, fish, and other critters. Play one of these videos on your TV or tablet and watch your cat become mesmerized.

Hide-and-Seek Treats

Hide small treats or pieces of kibble around the house and encourage your cat to search for them. This scavenger hunt keeps them physically active and sharpens their problem-solving skills.

Indoor Obstacle Course

Create a mini obstacle course in your living room using pillows, boxes, tunnels, and even cat-friendly toys. Guide your cat through the course with treats or toys, encouraging them to jump, crawl, and explore.

DIY Catnip Bubbles

Mix a little catnip with water and blow catnip-infused bubbles for your cat to chase. It’s a fun twist on a classic playtime activity that can keep your kitty entertained for hours.

Interactive Toys

Invest in interactive toys that mimic the movement of small animals or insects. These toys can trigger your cat’s hunting instincts and provide hours of entertainment.


Contrary to popular belief, cats can enjoy a game of fetch just like dogs. Find a small, lightweight toy your cat likes, and gently toss it for them to retrieve. Some cats even learn to bring it back!

Remember, every cat is unique, so it may take some trial and error to discover which enrichment activities your furry friend enjoys the most. Pay attention to their reactions and preferences and adjust your playtime routine accordingly.

Also, remember that activities and playtime are important for your little furry friend no matter how busy you are. This is why we highly recommend hiring cat sitters if you aren’t able to play with your cat regularly.

Pet sitting services like the ones we offer at Urban Tail in Toronto ensure that your cat is well-cared for and has the best time of its life while with us! We also offer cat visits if you feel your cat is getting lonely at home!

Give us a call for more information.

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