Games for puppies and kittens

Puppies and kittens need plenty of attention, lots of activity and just as much snooze time.
Woman playing with kitten
Keeping your pets active is an important part of ensuring they’re healthy, so have some fun with these cute game ideas for your precious pup or kitten.

Puppy games

  • Hide and seek

    You might remember playing hide and seek when you were a kid, but it’s also a great game for your pup. First, your dog will need to learn a command, so they know when to seek. Your command can be anything you choose, from ‘find it’ to ‘go seek.’ Then, show your four-legged friend what you’ll be hiding and put it somewhere they can’t see. You can hide their favourite toy or even yourself.

  • Scent games

    Dogs have a great sense of smell, which can easily be turned into a fun game that’s perfect for rainy days. To play, grab four or five opaque bowls or boxes and place them upside down on the ground. Place a prize under just one box, like a treat or toy, and scramble the boxes to throw your dog off the scent. Next, let them sniff each box until they find the treat. After a few rounds, your dog will know exactly what to do and get faster at finding their prize.

  • Tug of war

    Playing a gentle game of tug of war can help strengthen your puppy’s self-control and listening skills. Work out a few rules before you start to make it more enjoyable for you and your dog. First, your puppy must release the tug toy when you ask. Secondly, your dog should only grab their end of the tug toy. If they creep onto your side, the game ends. These rules will also help with obedience and self-control.

Kitten games

The chase

Cats love to chase. Use a small flashlight or laser to make a moving light along the floor and walls. Your kitty is sure to chase the light for as long as you shine it, making this game perfect for encouraging exercise. Just make sure that you don't shine it directly in their eyes.

Ping pong pursuit

Since ping-pong balls are lightweight, they’re perfect for kitten games. Roll the ball on an uncarpeted floor and watch your cat run in pursuit. You can bounce the ball along the hallway floor or even pop it in the bathtub for endless amusement.

Wind it up

Cats were born to prowl and pounce. Get a wind-up toy that resembles a mouse and moves on its own. This resemblance will pique your cat’s natural instinct to hunt, and they’re sure to chase until they’ve caught their prize.

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Things to note

The information in this article has been prepared for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal advice or specific advice to any particular person. Any advice contained in the document is general advice, not intended as legal advice or professional advice and does not take into account any person’s particular circumstances. Before acting on anything based on this advice you should consider its appropriateness to you, having regard to your objectives and needs.