How do you stop your Raleigh NC cat from being bored? Earlier this week we posted about how you can be a better pet owner. Well, today, we’re talking specifically to you cat owners out there. Very often pet owners are lectured about the importance of keeping their dog from getting bored in order to keep them stimulated and avoid destructive behavior. Today here at Leesville Animal Hospital we want to talk about cats and boredom too!
Is Your Raleigh NC Cat Bored?
As much as dogs can get bored without adequate exercise and stimulation, so too can cats…or any animal for that matter! This problem tends to become worse during the hot summer months when the kids have a habit of cramping kitty’s style by not being in school! Don’t panic, though, there are plenty of methods that you can employ to prevent boredom for your cat to keep them occupied and out of trouble!
Get Your Raleigh NC Cat a Window Perch!
Give your cat a window perch where they can watch the world outside passing by! This ensures that even though your cat is an inside cat, they have some contact with the world outside. You can even put a bird feeder outside the window for added entertainment.
Invest in a Scratching Post!
Get your cat a scratching post, puzzle toy or another stimulating toy to keep your cat intellectually stimulated as well as by meeting their instinctual needs.
Build or Buy a Cat Fort!
Provide your cat with a unique and playful “fort” where they can feel safe. There are many of these types of houses available on the market and many include toys and other stimulating items to keep them entertained.
Rotate Your Cat’s Toys
Just as dog owners do, provide your cat toys in “shifts” so that toys that lose their novelty can be replaced with other toys that have not been played with for a long while.
Set Up a Kitty Sun Spot!
Cats love to bask in the sun, so give your cat a nice warm place to stretch out by placing a cat bed or lounging platform near to a window that lets in plenty of light.
Play with Your Cat!
Many people know that they should play with their dog to provide interaction, bonding and a fun method of expending energy, but few people know that you have to do this with your cats too!
Give Lots of Love!
Show your cat plenty of affection to reassure them that they are part of your family.
Get some cat grass and catnip to offer to your cat as additional means of stimulation.
Think About Fostering or Adopting a Playmate For Your Cat!
If your cat is a sociable cat you may find that giving them a playmate will also help them to expend energy, reduce boredom and learn socialization skills. Please note, however, if you cannot financially support another pet or if you are not prepared to bring another animal home, do not bring one home. Instead, you might consider fostering for a local rescue organization! At this time of year, our local rescues are bursting at the seams with kittens and cats and they could certainly use your help in the form of a temporary foster home! It’s a win/win really because your cat will have someone to play with while the rescue will be less overwhelmed!
Look into Getting a Bird Feeder or Squirrel Feeder!
If your cat likes to sit by the window and watch the world go by, look into getting a bird feeder or squirrel feeder so that they will have something interesting to watch! If your cat can’t reach to see out of the window, just grab that window perch we were talking about earlier!
Work on Tricks Together!
We know that it’s usually dogs and their owners who stay busy with teaching tricks, but some cats are receptive to learning tricks and actually enjoy it! Need some ideas? Hop onto YouTube for some videos of other cats performing tricks or grab a how-to book from the library or bookstore!
Get a Fish Tank!
If a fish tank is something you’ve been thinking about for a while, this would be a great time to invest in one! Cats (and some dogs!) love to watch as fish swim around their tank. Just be sure that hungry paws can’t slip into the tank and terrorize your newest residents!
Create a Box Obstacle Course!
It’s no secret that cats love to play in boxes, so why not put together your own cat obstacle course with all the boxes you can find? It’ll be fun to watch your feline friend running over and through the boxes and your cat will have a blast!
Have Other Ideas to Keep Your Raleigh NC Cat Busy?
Leave us a comment below and let us know what ideas you have to keep your cat or kitten busy while you’re all stuck at home in this summer heat! Is your cat lethargic rather than bored? Then it’s time to pay us a visit here at Leesville! Give us a call at (919)870-7000 and set up an appointment ASAP to get your kitty back to their normal self ASAP!