Did you know that cats can get bored? Or, to phrase that more accurately, did you know that cats can get bored unintentionally? It may seem like our feline pals love doing as little as possible, but in truth, kitties can get anxious and unhappy with nothing to do. Read on as a local Scottsdale, AZ vet discusses some ways to keep your kitty amused.
Make sure Fluffy has plenty of fun toys to play with. Catnip toys are of course very popular among our feline overlords. Get a few that you can refill yourself, as catnip does grow stale. Keep in mind that cats all have their own tastes. Some kitties like glittery balls, while others prefer squeaky toys or crinkly ones. Offer your pet a variety.
Cats are safer staying indoors, but that doesn’t mean that your pet won’t appreciate getting a little taste of nature when she can. Set out some pet safe plants for Fluffy to explore. You can find a complete list online at the ASPCA website here.
Cats can spend hours just relaxing and looking out a window… especially if the view includes birds or squirrels. Make your furry little voyeur a comfy window seat, so she can sunbathe and spy on local wildlife. To make this more fun for your furry voyeur, put a birdbath or birdfeeder up in her line of sight.
Toys are great, but as far as Fluffy is concerned, playtime with the humans is much more fun than batting a catnip mouse around. Even just spending a few minutes a day holding a wand toy or laser pointer for your kitty can brighten her day. This will also help keep her in shape physically.
If you leave your furry pal home alone, keep a TV or radio playing for background noise. The sounds will provide mental stimulation, and can help stop kitty boredom.
Believe it or not, there are now apps that your feline friend can play on your phone or tablet. Let Fluffy try her paw at catching digital mice or fish.
You can buy or stream programs made just for Fluffy. Try streaming one for your pet. Some cats really like watching documentaries about fish and birds!
As your Scottsdale, AZ vet clinic, we’re dedicated to keeping your pet happy and healthy. Please contact us anytime!