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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-12-08 03:27 PM
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A non-playful cat
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As some of you may know, I have just acquired a cat because my cousin had to give up one of hers, due to a mean landlord.

The cat, a 5-year-old male named Kidley, is settling in after a few nights of steadily diminishing meowing, and I'm gradually transitioning him to higher-quality food. He is affectionate, likes to follow me around, and is willing to sit on my lap. He is spending more and more time on my bed each night.

I've bought him some toys, but so far, the only one he has really taken to is the catnip pouch. He seems not to know how to bat a ball around or to play with string. He LOVES that catnip pouch, though. I've never had full custody of a cat, but I've spent a great deal of time living in households with other people's cats, and they all enjoyed batting stuff around

He has spent most of his life with my cousin, who is very overweight and sedentary, so it's possible that he has never learned the normal cat routines.

So my question is, is his lack of interest in playing conventional cat games a function of still feeling uneasy here or is it something that a cat has to learn as a kitten? Or do some cats just not act like other cats?

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  -A non-playful cat Lydia Leftcoast  Dec-12-08 03:27 PM   #0 
  - Some cats just aren't very playful  Lorien   Dec-12-08 04:12 PM   #1 
  - Three weeks, huh?  Lydia Leftcoast   Dec-12-08 04:27 PM   #2 
     - If he starts getting tired of the catnip toy, put it away for a week.  femmedem   Dec-12-08 04:45 PM   #3 
  - The catnip is relaxing him  demnan   Dec-12-08 05:07 PM   #4 
  - Some cats are more into toys than others,  ocelot   Dec-12-08 06:07 PM   #5 
  - HERE are the pictures  Lydia Leftcoast   Dec-13-08 07:58 PM   #10 
     - He's a big fluffy guy!  ocelot   Dec-13-08 09:46 PM   #12 
     - Reminds me of my Lego  sazemisery   Dec-18-08 11:09 AM   #18 
  - Have you tried a laser pointer?  mnotr2   Dec-12-08 06:36 PM   #6 
  - Don't have a laser pointer  Lydia Leftcoast   Dec-12-08 06:46 PM   #7 
  - My cat loves her laser pointer - we play w/it about every day.  AZBlue   Dec-14-08 11:04 PM   #14 
  - Good idea!  badgerpup   Dec-18-08 10:40 AM   #17 
  - Wad a small piece of paper and throw it.  emilyg   Dec-13-08 11:20 AM   #8 
  - He will probably be more playful when he's truly settled in.  hamsterjill   Dec-13-08 12:20 PM   #9 
  - It took about 3 months before one of my rescues started to play.  Lisa0825   Dec-13-08 09:42 PM   #11 
  - I had a cat who didn't play with toys.  ginnyinWI   Dec-13-08 11:40 PM   #13 
  - Update: Today the cat found an old bottle cap  Lydia Leftcoast   Dec-17-08 05:37 PM   #15 
  - Yay, Kidley!  ocelot   Dec-17-08 07:12 PM   #16 
  - our cats love  radfringe   Dec-28-08 06:44 AM   #24 
  - We have two kittens we just got this summer.  hippywife   Dec-19-08 08:08 AM   #19 
  - Are you sure he can see all right?  hawthorne17   Dec-19-08 10:08 AM   #20 
  - I don't know--but I'm not taking him to the Kitty Optometrist  Lydia Leftcoast   Dec-27-08 10:49 AM   #22 
  - We had a calico cat at one time who never played with toys, even as a kitten.  Arkansas Granny   Dec-23-08 12:17 PM   #21 
  - Update: Kidley is graaaadually becoming more playful  Lydia Leftcoast   Dec-27-08 10:50 AM   #23 

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