Try keeping your kitty’s mind active with some of our favorite brain cat games.
1. The treasure hunt game for cats
It’s silly: make your cat’s meal a little complicated by hiding his/her food in several places in the house.
To eat, he/she will then have to use its/her flair and, in fact, make his/her brain work a little.
In this way, you will occupy him/her for a few minutes (or even more for the less resourceful cats).
Not to mention that this will bring him/her back to his/her wild nature which pushed him/her to track down his/her prey for food.
2. The Cat puzzles
Whether you buy them at a pet store or make them yourself, cat puzzles are a great way to boost their thinking skills.
The principle is simple: just place one or more treats inside the object.
Your cat should then understand how to reach the treat.
For this, he/she must, depending on the difficulty of the cat puzzle, adopt more or less complicated gestures.
And once he/she has mastered the mechanism to perfection, do not hesitate to change the cat puzzle, it will keep him/her from getting bored!
Good to know: to create your own cat puzzle in a few minutes, take a closed cardboard box (a shoe box or an egg box for example).
Drill larger or smaller holes on the top and sides and add treats inside.
Your cat will then have to find a way to recover them with his/her paws!
3. Learn new tricks
Even if cats are less famous than dogs for their ability to perform tricks, that does not mean that they are not capable of it.
On the contrary !
To challenge your cat and allow him/her to stimulate his/her intelligence while further strengthening your relationship, teach him/her tricks.
To do this, take his/her favorite treats and give him/her simple commands, such as “sit”, “lying” or “give the paw”.
Show him/her how to perform them and, each time he/she succeeds, reward him/her with a treat.
The first few days, your feline will probably be skeptical, but as the training progresses, when he/she understands what you expect from him/her, he/she will be more and more invested!
4. The Cat game of the three goblets
You have probably played this game, but instead of a treat there should be a room!
To test your cat’s intelligence, place three cups in front of him/her.
Place a treat under one of the cups and move the cups (not too fast, though!).
Then ask your cat to find the treat.
If he/she manages to designate the right cup the first time, you have before you a little genius!
In this case, feel free to start this cat games over with even more cups.
5. The Cat water games
Even though most cats don’t like water, many are still fascinated by it.
In any case, this game will appeal to water aficionados as much as to those who are afraid of it.
Fill a basin, bucket or your bathroom sink with water and add beads to line the bottom.
Then put ping pong balls on it so that they float on the surface.
By wanting to get the marbles and balls out of the water without getting wet, your cat will need to use all his/her creativity. However, watch out for splashes!