Cat play and toys incorporates predatory games of "play aggression". These activities allow kittens and younger cats to grow and acquire cognitive and Motor skills, and to socialize with other cats. Cat play behavior can be either solitary (with toys or other objects) or social (with animals and people).
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Since cats are meat-eating Predators, nearly all cat games are predatory games.
Prey is fearful of predators. Predators often encounter prey that attempt to escape predation. Prey that moves towards the cat with confidence may be exhibiting an aggressive defensive posture. Cat may play more with Toys that behave more like prey that acts in Fear and tries to escape than toys that mimic a more confrontational prey.
Most cat games mimic a specific type of hunting; for example, Balls, Fingers, sticks, and Laser pointers emulate bugs, while Rope or string may emulate a snake. One exception is Catnip; catnip is a mood altering substance that provides a euphoric high and is not considered a toy.
Cats like being cuddled, stroked and tickled. They are socialy Domesticated Animals with high intelligance rates that enjoy interaction. Lke People really.
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