There are many ways to keep your cat busy, but you don’t always have to be too creative, cats do also appreciate it if you just recognize them. I do play often with my cat, but sometimes I do just show her that I am there and that I want to share my time.
This can either be done by stroking or combing the cat, mentioning the name regularly to see the reaction, or following the cat when they want to show you something. There are so many ways to pay attention, playing is great but not the only thing we can do.
Your cat doesn’t want to play today? You don’t always have to play actively, little things count too. Put a plushie on your cat’s head anyway and see the confused but interested reaction. It’s about the interaction, showing that you have them in mind all the time.
Of course, we should also accept their periods of rest, but you often can see if they want to rest of if they are just bored. I just wanted to write that playing actively is not the only thing that cats find interesting, your time and the little things are too.