Seven Great Ways to Keep Your Indoor Cat Happy

  1. Create a Window View. Think about getting a window perch or window seat for your cat. It is important for your indoor cat to have a “view” and the ability to watch what is going on outside. This is a great way to create a stimulating environment. There are commercially available “window beds” that attach to your window frame. Cats love these. Another option is a cat tree placed near a window that allows an outside view.
  2. Rotate Plenty of Toys. Cats become bored with the same toys after a while. A great tip is to hide a toy for a while and then reintroduce it.
  3. Get Some Catnip. For cats that are sensitive to catnip, offer some catnip to enjoy periodically. Also, “marinating” toys in catnip is a great way to encourage your cat to enjoy them – even more when you reintroduce them.
  4. Schedule Playtime. Try to schedule time twice a day to play with your cat. Allow him or her to chase the ball, laser pointer* or feathery flyer. Take at least 10 minutes out of your day to play with your cat. You can even do this while you are watching TV in the evening.
  5. Give Plenty of Love Time. Some cats really want a little of your time and attention. Encourage your cat to curl up with you when you are resting.
  6. Grow Some Cat Grass. Some indoor cats love to chew on a little cat grass – just like they would if they were outdoors. It is easy to grow and very healthy for your cat.
  7. Give Your Cat a Spot of Sun. Cats love the sun. Find a nice window where the sun shines in and place a cat bed in that location. If you have the blinds or curtains closed, consider opening them so your cat can bask for a while in the sun.

Climbing posts, scratching posts, BBcat grass, windows perches, window beds, toys and a view to watch birds or squirrels are all great ways to enrich your indoor cat’s life and prevent boredom.