Toddlers and dogs have play dates, so why not set up a play date for your cat too. Play dates for cats are very beneficial for your pet because, they not only socialize your cat with other humans, but with other cats as well. Play dates for cats will allow your cat to run off some of their energy and have fun in the process. While play dates for cats are fun for both you and your pet, you must be prepared to run into some unexpected complications if your cat has never participated in a play date before. There are simple things you can do to get your cat accustom to play dates with other cats.
Know Your Cat
Although it is recommended you start your cat with play dates while they are still young, it is also important to fully know your cat’s personality before letting them participate in a play date. It is important to know and understand their personality so you can match them with a playmate that meshes well with their personality. Know your cat’s energy level and tolerance and annoyance level. You do not want to set up a play date with an energetic cat and a docile cat because that is simply asking for an altercation to occur. By understanding their personality you can make an informed decision for a play mate. Plus, you will know certain signals your cat makes, which may mean when it is time to end the play date.
Make the Introductions
When making the introductions between two cats, it is important to choose a neutral territory. You must choose a neutral territory (some place your cat has never been to) because if the introductions are held at a place the cat is familiar with they will become territorial, which means an altercation is sure to occur.
When introducing the two cats, do it very slowly. Do not force them to interact with one another. To begin introducing the cats, keep them in separate areas first so they can become accustom to each other’s scent. After the cats have seen one another and are showing no signs of aggression, allow them to occupy the same area. Allow them to go to each other, do not force them to play. Keep the first introduction short. After the cats become familiar with each other you can begin increasing the length of time the play dates last.
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