Indoor cats can sometimes become bored
Remember that outdoor cats have plenty of things to keep them occupied. They explore, they hunt, they scavenge for food and also have interaction with other cats. Sometimes an indoor cat may become destructive with furniture and other household items and can become more aggressive in play with their humans.
There is nothing wrong with having your cat indoors but here are a few tips for keeping them entertained and happy.
- Provide plenty of toys for your cat. Some prefer toys they can throw around themselves, others may prefer toys that require human interaction, such as wiggly and dangly toys. This can also satisfy their need to display hunting behaviours. change the toys from time to time to prevent your cat becoming bored with them.
- Cats love to watch birds and other animals through windows. Provide window seats in positions that they can observe what’s going on outside. If you live in a flat, hang bird feeders directly outside windows.
- Provide objects for your cats to explore. Such as cardboard boxes and shopping bags. You could pack them with paper and toys to give him more to explore
- Use treat balls at feeding time. This is a great way to exercise your house cat and involve the hunting/playing behaviours.
- Build your cat a scratch and climb post. There are some great ideas out there. Doing this will not only protect your furniture but encourage the cat to explore and do what they do best.
- Some cats even enjoy watching videos of birds, rodents and other cats!
- Why not train your cat? Cats can be trained just like dogs. They can be taught to sit, shake roll over and to come when called. Watch out for our article on Clicker Training Your Cat