have fun and stay fit

Playing active games is a great way for pets and their owners to bond together and also stay mentally and physically healthy. For puppies and kittens, regular activity is especially important and the good news is that providing your pet with enough activity doesn’t need to take a lot of time or effort.

The benefits of active play:

  • Physical health:  Active play helps keep your pet's heart healthy and assists with weight control. It also keeps the joints lubricated, and improves overall balance and coordination.
  • Mental health:  Games with rules force your pet to use their brain, not just their body. This can help keep their mind sharp and focused.
  • Social skills:  When your pet plays with other pets and other people, it...

Cat toys are a great way to interact with your cat as well as give your cat exercise. There are plenty of cat toys available at Pet.co.nz. There is a lot of talk about catnip in the cat toy category, catnip is a herb that cats are strongly attracted to, so is a great way to get your cats excited about their toys or scratch posts. By spraying the toys or scratch post with the catnip the cat will be attracted to it or re-attracted to it if it is an old one that the cat has lost interest in.

Just a note that there are 20% of cats that don’t respond to catnip at all. So if for some reason your cat doesn't go crazy with it don't worry. 

Cat Chase Toys - these are individual toys that the cat will chase around the house or behind the...

Nepeta cataria or Catnip as it is more commonly known, is a perennial herb of the mint family. It is native to Europe and is an import to the United States and other countries. The catnip plant is now a widespread weed in North America and around the world. 

catnip dried

Catnip is well known for its dramatic behavioural effect it has on cats, which can be described as "feline euphoria". Approximately two thirds of cats are susceptible to the behavioural effects of catnip, as the phenomenon is hereditary. 

Although no one knows exactly what happens in the cat's brain, it is known that the chemical nepetalactone in catnip is the thing that triggers the response. Catnip pleasantly stimulates cats pheromonic receptor and when they sense the...

Cats are lazier than their ancestors for a reason. They no longer have to hunt for their food or travel long distances to find new hunting grounds and water. Domestic cats don't have to expend energy defending cubs from larger creatures or fighting other cats to determine who is in charge (though you may see such a tiff in multiple cat households occasionally).

Many cat owners will say that, rather than being lazy, cats are energy efficient. This is true. If you study cats in the wild, they do not waste energy on anything but hunting, play (which develops hunting skills), traveling and climbing, mating, or defending and protecting. Wild cats sleep about 16 hours, while domestic cats often sleep up to 20 hours. For the wild cat, the...

Playing with your cats is an important part of maintaining their health and your bond with them. Luckily, they love to play!

cat playingProviding opportunities for solo play is particularly important for indoor cats, especially if they spend much of the day alone. Kittens and adult cats are both stimulated by the same sort of games, though kittens don't require a great deal of encouragement to get started. Cat play is almost entirely about simulating behaviour associated with hunting.

The Right Toys. 
The first thing you're going to want to find is a proper toy to play with your cat. If you're trying to stimulate prey hunting behavior you don't want to use your hands. Even if your cat is gentle, she might bite if she becomes too excited....