"Tinfoil from a burrito rolled into a ball is somehow the greatest thing they've ever seen," Armour agreed. "I even have a cat who adores playing with dried penne I toss her way."
(It's true that dried pasta is often batted around the author's kitchen floor.)
"Don't underestimate your cat's need and longing to engage," Armour said, "and you'll be tickled by what they choose as their new favorite game."
Some cats enjoy the hunt - and you can set up a little challenge for them while you're away.
"If you have a food-motivated cat, start hiding their food in various places throughout your home," Armour said. "We all feel happier when we've got a job to do, and looking for and finding food is a really rewarding experience for many cats."