What reaction does my cat expect while playing with me?
My cat seems to have this chasing "game" that he wants me to play with him, but I don't know how he expects me to react. Does anyone know anything about animal behavior and how they usually play?
Let's say we are both in the living room. He starts bouncing all over me and trying to attract my attention. When he's sure that I'm all focused on him, he jumps away, then runs into another room and hides from me.
What does he expect me to do? Chase after him? Find him right away? Pretend like I am looking for him but can't find him? Crawl up to him and then jump at him?
Sometimes it works in reverse: I run away from him and hide. He chases after me and then crawls slowly to the place where I'm hiding and then bounces at me.
What should my reaction be? Run away again? Start a play fight with him? (I normally just grab my little hunter into my hands and start kissing him all over, but I don't think he quite approves of such playing strategy).
I know this sounds stupid, but this is my first cat and I never thought a bond like that could be possible between humans and animals and it just really amazes me that he thinks I'm a cat just like him and tries to play with me like that. I'd like to reinforce that behaviour by reacting in a way he understands and in a way cats normally react.