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You want to show your cat these videos but you don’t know how to get little whiskers to sit still? Follow these tips for the ultimate enriching experience.
Preferably, your cat will be laying on your bed or your desk in a relaxed or in a sleeping state. They will be slow moving and if you start patting and scratching, it will be very easy to introduce your cat to the videos.
Are you going to bring your laptop or ipad to your cat, or are you bringing your cat to your desktop or television? I have found that cats will be more willing to watch if you operate on their terms. So if you have a portable device, this is preferable to our cat overlords and they will watch for longer if they are comfortable.
Cats are not just visually stimulated by these videos, but aurally as well! My cat likes the bubbling of the fish tanks as well as the chirping and fluttering of the birds and will sometimes “pay attention” to the sound more than the video itself.
It may take a few tries, especially if your cat is indoor and is not used to watching birds. The sights and sounds of the birds may ignite the ferocious lion in your cat, so be prepared to adjust them accordingly after they press a few buttons and pause the video themselves a few times!
With all this new stimulation, your cat will want to act out its natural urges to catch the birds! Get a wand with a feather on the end and tire your kitty out afterwards. I have found that these videos increase playfulness in indoor cats that are normally calm and boring! Treat these videos like a warm up act to get your cat excited, then move onto prey play with feathers and fuzzy mice. You’ll discover a whole new side to your kitty and he’ll be happier for it.