In no particular order of importance, here are the cat games that I know how to play:
Shoelace – The object is to create dangly joy. All I have to do is make a of bit string, some tinsel, or a bathrobe tie, wiggle, and kitty does the rest. It may involve much untangling of claws.
Ball pounce – sometimes evolves into chase ball. I walk from one end of the room to the other and roll a small ball back. Kitty may or may not choose to pounce.
Hide and hide – the cat will run to an area just out of sight, then to another one, then to another one. It doesn’t seem to matter if I play or not.
Lurking – when the cat is lurking, in something or under something, it’s my job to pretend not to notice.
Pat a cake – may require a second cat. It is basically ninja practice, with each cat scoring by striking the paw that is striking the paw that is striking the paw.
Blanket pounce – my role here is to create imaginary creatures under the surface of the blanket. This game may also be inverted into
Bed making – where the cat becomes the creature under the surface of the blanket.
Crawling into stuff – Lots of stuff. Grocery bags, cardboard boxes, cupboards and cabinets, suitcases, purses, and a great deal more. My role in this game is to check the linen closet and freezer when I haven’t seen the cat in a while.
Plastic milk jug ring – a cheap and easy favorite. I once found a stash of twelve under the couch.
Stare down – another game for two cats.
Kill the bright red dot – our most high-tech game. The cats can do this for hours. Be sure to have plenty of batteries for the laser pointer.