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 CatsDoScience.com.
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.
Photo via Cats Do Science Facebook page