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My cat won't play

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Dusty is about 5 yrs. old and we've had her for 3 years. She was a stray that decided to live on our patio, but she is now an indoor/outdoor (only during the day) cat. She is so affectionate, and really is the perfect pet in every way, BUT she will not play. We've tried every toy known to attract cats, including dangling a string. We have balls, toy mice, feather toys, laser lights, you name it and we've tried it. She is just not interested. What's up with that? I thought all cats liked toys?
post #2 of 7
Your kitty might not be feeling well. If a cat gets a cold they cannot smell very well and this can affect their eating habits and their play habits. If the cat doesn't groom himself very well that's another sign that something is up. Of course it could just be a phase and your cat might just start playing again like it never stopped. lol
post #3 of 7
Pearl does not play much. I hung up a ball from a chair, and she half heartedly bats at it occasionally, but that is about it.
post #4 of 7
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We've had her 3 years now and she's never played. It's like she knows the toys aren't prey, so why bother? She is a hunter though, and will catch birds! I don't understand, but I guess that is just part of her personality.
post #5 of 7
My Mish is a lazy cat! She's 5 or 6 years as well and doesnt like to play. I tried everything I could and she just isnt into it... so I decided to have "training" time during the day to keep her mentally alert and somewhat active... basically to give her something to do. She took to it immediately and has been learning to targer, sit, stand, and come by hand gestures (she mostly already comes when called). She really enjoys it!
post #6 of 7
I would say that since she was a stray and more then likely born outside, she never had experience with toys that indoor cats play with. Try using "toys" from outside - like long blades of grass or leaves for her to chase. I'm willing to bet she would play with peacock feathers or pheasant feathers.

Or try the fishing lure toys with feathers. What about the rabbit furred mice?
post #7 of 7
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Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45 View Post
I would say that since she was a stray and more then likely born outside, she never had experience with toys that indoor cats play with. Try using "toys" from outside - like long blades of grass or leaves for her to chase. I'm willing to bet she would play with peacock feathers or pheasant feathers.

Or try the fishing lure toys with feathers. What about the rabbit furred mice?
Java's a big fan of rabbit fur toys!
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