International Cat Day takes place on 8 August every year.
As custodians of this important day, we’re encouraging cat owners to take five minutes a day to play with their cats to improve their physical health and mental wellbeing.
Just like dogs need walking every day, cats need daily play to keep them active and happy. Wand toy play provides cats with a safe outlet to perform natural behaviours and has many benefits.
Scroll down to discover more about Purrfect Play with your cat!
Cats of all ages love to play – from kittens to super seniors! Just like dogs, cats need daily physical and mental stimulation to stay healthy and happy.
Take five minutes a day to play with your cats to improve their physical health and mental wellbeing. Find out how here! (Your cat will thank you!)
Top tips to make sure everyone, from cats to kids, has a fun and safe time playing together!
Should we be encouraging our older cats to play every day? The answer is yes! But we need to make sure we take their unique needs into account.
Download this fantastic FREE poster created by International Cat Care Feline Wellbeing Panel member Dr Mikel Delgado and illustrated by Lili Chin (creator of our ambassador cats Domino and McTatters), which shares her tops tips for cat play!
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Read more about cat play from the iCatCare experts!
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