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When using a toy to play with your cat, there are certain movements that will trigger his prey-drive and entice him into the game and there are other movements that won’t be as effective.
Go in the Right Direction
Playtime for a cat is similar to hunting. Your cat will seek, stalk, pounce and capture. To trigger his prey-drive, the toy’s movements should go across or away from the cat’s visual field. This is how prey would naturally move and when you’re engaging your cat in playtime, your job is to simulate the movement of prey.