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Tips to keep your cat entertained

Posted by mandyf on March 25, 2012

How many times have you purchased a new toy for your cat or had something you thought they would just go crazy for only to find it elicits nothing more than a blank stare before they walk away from it? In many regards cats are like people. Our feline friends are especially similar to us in the sense that they hate to be bored. Keeping your cat entertained does not mean constantly engaging them in activity, every cat owner knows they love their independence and will walk away from you as soon as they are bored. Finding a good balance between entertaining them in a hands on manner as well as providing them with plenty to do on their own isn’t hard nor is it expensive. Cats fully believe they are as regal as they look, and as such expect the royal treatment!

Cats, especially those which are strictly indoor family members, love to know what is going on outside. They love sitting in the windowsill watching the world. If you don’t have a windowsill they can sit in, all major pet stores and venues like Wal-Mart offer perches that attach tp the window sill so they can hop up and get a front row seat of all the action in padded comfort. If you aren’t in a very high traffic area consider doing something to draw traffic, ie, a bird feeder which gives them visitors everyday. A little container with some cat grass they can nibble is a nice addition here.

Make sure they have plenty of areas to climb without getting hurt or destroying your possessions. Cats love getting into everything and climbing and leaping are great forms of exercise for indoor cats. Picking up some “kitty condos” that provide them with ramps, perches, and cubby holes to hide in are a great way for them to enjoy many of their favorite activities. These are inexpensive to buy and easy to build if you want to make your own designs. A little lumber and carpet is all it takes to make a first class complex. These will keep your cat entertained on their own everyday without them getting bored or having no choice but resorting to exploring your china hutch everyday. You’ll also want to try to make sure they have places to hide. Cats love hiding under and behind sofas, beds, chairs, and anyplace they can feel completely safe.

Make sure your cat has plenty of scratching posts. They not only like scratching, they need to scratch, even cat’s which have been de-clawed. It feels good to them and it helps remove litter or tiny foreign objects which have lodged in between the pads on their paws. This will also keep them from using every piece of furniture you own for this purpose as well.

Your cat won’t require a lot of elaborate or store bought toys to stay busy. Very simple inexpensive things can keep them on the go as much as they want to be. A favorite among cats are the little plastic balls with bells inside. They like swatting and chasing them around and the jingling noise further keeps them excited about the project. Likewise a ball of yarn to your cat is like finding the Holy Grail. They will spend more time than you dreamed possible unwinding it and rolling around it. Best of all the only thing you need to restart the fun is wind it back up into a ball and let them go at it again. Having a few simple things they can swat at hung from somewhere is always a favorite as well. All you need to accomplish this is some string and any hollow object to dangle at it’s bottom. If all else fails you can take an old toilet paper cardboard tube, put a few cat snacks inside of it, and tape two pieces of toilet paper over the holes. make sure that they can actually get through the T.P. otherwise no matter how much they love the smell of the snacks they will get bored and abandon it.

So long as you have yarn on hand, use it to play with your cat. Keep a few pieces tucked away around the house so wherever you are you can play together. All you need to do really is move the string around and they will go for it. Let them grab a hold of it and play tug of war as well. It’s a good idea to let them win most of the time since this will keep them coming back to play on a regular basis.

Finally, if it’s practical, get them a playmate. Two cats can have a ball playing together! They know how to entertain each other better than anyone else. They are good for each other for more than just play however as the additional companionship is actually good for their health. Whatever you choose to do your cat will appreciate it! They are a part of the family and ask for so little while giving so much that they are worth whatever we can do for them to stay happy healthy!


One Response to “Tips to keep your cat entertained”

  1. sallykwitt said

    My cats love any box or anything they can climb in. They will ignore their expensive things when there is a new box because something came from ebay! They also get a whole week or more of fun from a helium balloon from the dollar store. The long string, and the motion as they swat it is so much fun.

    Luna’s favorite is a laser pointer. When I really need to get her attention, I bring it out. I bought a handful of them from China on ebay for $1 each. She can’t wait for it when she sees me go to the drawer that I keep them in!

    Great post Amanda, I love my two cats and enjoyed this post with more ideas.

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