How Do You Play With Your Cat? Participate in an International Online Study


Play is vitally important to a cat’s mental and physical health. In addition to providing exercise, which is  especially important for indoor cats, play alleviates boredom, provides stress relief, helps prevent and correct behavioral problems, and is a wonderful way for humans and cats to deepen their bond.

Julie Hecht, a PhD candidate in animal behavior at The Graduate Center, City University of New York, is investigating how cat guardians play with their cats, and she needs your help. Project: Play With Your Cat is an international, online, citizen science project that takes place at

In order to participate in the study, you need to

  • be 18 or older,
  • play with your cat,
  • complete a consent form,
  • make and share a short video — between 30 seconds and 2 minutes long  — of you and your cat playing together, and
  • complete a short questionnaire.

Click here to participate in the study. All submissions need to be received by June 30, 2019.

You can also help by sharing this project on Facebook and Twitter.

Photo via Cats Do Science Facebook page

5 Comments on How Do You Play With Your Cat? Participate in an International Online Study

  1. Karen
    June 21, 2019 at 2:04 pm (2 years ago)

    My and Spunky Doodle participated in the study!

    • Ingrid
      June 22, 2019 at 5:28 am (2 years ago)


  2. caren gittleman
    June 20, 2019 at 12:56 pm (2 years ago)

    I would have participated if it didn’t involve a video, too lazy!

  3. Janine
    June 20, 2019 at 7:36 am (2 years ago)

    I love seeing how happy my cats are when I play with them.

  4. Eleanor Skibo
    June 20, 2019 at 1:33 am (2 years ago)

    Playing with your feline companion is a very important aspect of forming a bond between the both of you. They next exercise to keep and stay healthy, to stimulate their senses and to form a forever bond with you. And if you’re truly in tune with cats it’s actually fun for the both of you. Playtime with your cat is beneficial to both of you.


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