It’s not just dogs that love to play. Cats, too, need stimulation and fun in their lives.
While their independent natures mean cats are quite content to lie around, they can also become restless from lack of activity. This can create a destructive, anxious cat – and that’s something no loving pet owner wants. So what can you do to entertain your cat? Here are some ideas:
- Get some cat toys. While your local pet shop is filled with pet toys, there are also plenty of objects lying around the house that you can turn into cat toys. Balls of wool or string, a sock filled with newspaper, empty toilet rolls, even a screwed up bit of paper provide hours of fun.
- Cats are predatory by nature, so satisfy their hunting instincts by hiding treats around your home for your cat to find. He will also appreciate a game of hide and seek with you – hide from your cat and call him, then see how long it takes him to track you down.
- Invest in a scratching post. Most cats like to scratch and if they have their own special post, they are less likely to scratch your furniture.
- Shelves at various heights around your home offer your cat different vantage points from which to view the world. Your cat will appreciate the chance to get up high – and out of harm’s way – and watch the world below.
- Like small children, cats love empty cardboard boxes. Grab an old box and cut out an opening big enough for your cat to crawl through. If you’re feeling really creative, join boxes together to create a cat tunnel – hours of fun.
- If you have time and patience, you can also train your cat to obey simple commands. Check out our blog posts from May on how to train your cat.
- Cuddle up to your cat. Most cats love cuddles and will happily sit to be stroked, petted and cuddled. If your pet is looking restless, maybe she just needs a big hug.