Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Da Bird in Da Dark
Ever since Bean's last visit to the vet we've been focused on giving her lots of exercise each day. Things started off slow, and we found it challenging to keep her engaged in play for long. It's always like this when we try to get back into the fitness groove. In time, it always gets better, the length of the sessions gets longer, her muscles get stronger, she jumps higher and seems to enjoy it all more.
I break out her current favorite toy, Da Bird, four times a day. Usually, I can get her to play for 8 to 10 minutes each session during the day, but in the evening, around 9 or 10 o'clock, she really gets going and we'll play for 20 minutes, or so.
The other night, when it was time to get out Da Bird, I was in my pajamas and the blinds were up. So the neighbors wouldn't see our show, I shut off the lights in the living room and dining room, leaving only a small light in the kitchen on.
I swished Da Bird in the air, Bean charged and dove for it. She was jumping so high, giving it her all, and we played for a good 45 minutes straight ( with an occasional pause so she could catch her breath). It was clear that she was having the time of her life.
The next night I turned off the lights again and we had a repeat performance.
Who knew??!!! She prefers playing in the dark! Cats do hunt at night, so it does make sense that she would prefer chasing Da Bird in low light conditions.
So, ever since this discovery last week, this is how we play, and I can hardly believe the difference it's making. She's staying engaged longer and having so much fun!
If you're having a hard time inspiring your cat to play, maybe try flipping the switch! If you do, let me know who kitty responds. I'm curious!