A few tricks can fix that. These tricks involve catering to the predator in the cat and utilizing their affinity for certain plants, foods and actions.
Give it Catnip
The absolute best way to get a cat to play with you is to give it catnip. However, this must be done in a way that invites that cat to interact with you. If it is simply given to the cat, it will make the cat ignore you even more. Put the catnip in or on a toy and then entice the cat with the toy. Be careful, though. Cats are crazy for catnip. They might bite and scratch so you will give it up.
Be the Mouse
The term “cat and mouse” can apply to playing techniques owners employ with their cats. All it takes is triggering the hunting instincts in the cat. Tie a small object that it is safe for the cat to bite on the end of a long string. Place the object on the floor near the cat and an area where you can hide. Hide with the other end of the string and tug the string so the object on the other end bounces. The slight motions of the object will entice the cat.
Treats are a good way to get most furry animals to play with you. Tease the cat a little with a tasty treat. Pet the cat, give it a treat and then cup one in your hand, leaving your hand slightly open. Let the cat sniff in your hand and try to get it out. Do not drag this game out too long or the cat will just get bored and eventually break into their food stash while you are sleeping.
Some cats will play with you on their own. They will hop on your lap while you are reading or attack pens while you are writing. They might scurry around the house chasing your feet or a broom. Other cats are more reticent and may need the above encouragement.
Either way, these tricks are fun to take up with your cat.