- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.