Indoor Cats: Are they bored?

We love having our cats around us and nothing could be nicer than having your cat snoozing on the couch next to you while you are watching TV! Domestic cats may love their indoor comforts, but have you ever stopped to consider that the indoor life may not be the best for your kitty’s health? According to Cathy, we need to strike a balance to keep our feline friends healthy and happy!

Cathy says: "Here are my 8 top tips to keep your kitty stimulated and entertained"

1. A room with a view

Create an outside view for your cat. Cats enjoy gazing through a window or glass doors when they are home alone. This is one of my Felix’s favourite activities – being able to watch what is going on outside.  Place a “window bed” on the window ledge or in front of glass doors so that your cat can see out. A good idea is to also place a squirrel feeder or bird feeder near a window to make the  view  more  interesting for your cat. Cats love their patch of sunshine with an interesting view outside!
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2. Scratching can be fun!

A bored kitty will scratch your furniture, curtains or carpet – or even himself - if you don’t provide him with a scratching post! This is the natural behaviour of cats because they love to SCRATCH! Cats scratch to keep their claws in shape as well as to mark their territory through the scent glands at the bottom of their paws. If your cat’s scratching is out of control, use PetCalm, a 100% homeopathic remedy that quickly calms anxious, stressed and highly strung pets! 
Choose a scratching post suited for your cat’s size so that he will be able to stretch out fully on it. Scratch posts are available in various designs and sizes which makes it easy to select one that will fit in with your home décor and style. Alternatively, you could just choose a lovely old log which will keep your kitty busy for hours!
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3. Climb and perch

Cats love to be perched high above looking down – this is where they feel safe and secure. Provide your kitty with a cat tree to climb and perch. Multi-cat households will benefit from multi-perched trees which allow more than one cat on it in close proximity of each other. Having a multi-perched tree guarantees you peace of mind so that your cats can live in harmony and not become aggressive with each other. For cats who are aggressive towards each other, use Aggression Formula to reduce aggressive tendencies. 
I’ve  created a fun elevated space in our family room just for Felix – it’s his little domain where he can climb and jump to the highest part of the room! Climbing also provides exercise for cats, helping to keep them fit and healthy and prevent obesity. 
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4. Spoil kitty with toys

Keep kitty stimulated and entertained by offering lots of toys. As you know cats can be very fussy and the toy that you think they might like, they probably won’t. You don’t have to spend a fortune either! A few balls of wadded paper, a box or paper bag creates loads of fun and entertainment for your furry pal. Small wind-up toys (spiders, mice or cars), bouncing balls, or furry mice are great kitty boredom busters. Remember to rotate kitty’s toy stash, remove them and then re-introduce the toys every two weeks. Cats are naturally playful and curious and can be kept entertained for hours  (you will have lots of fun too!) Feelgood Pets has a wonderful range of toys that will keep your kitty entertained for hours! 
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5. Kitty and me play time

Believe it or not but cats need one-on-one time with their mom or dad. Schedule playtime with your kitty – all you need is ten minutes out of your day to play! A fun activity that kitties can’t seem to get enough of is when you attach a piece of string or wool to a scrunched paper and dangle it over your cat’s head enticing him to catch his prey. They also get loads of enjoyment from fishing pole toys. Simply tie a string to the end  of a stick and add a ball or paper toy to the end – wave the stick up and down. Cats love this activity! (you will too!)
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6. Hide-and-seek

Most cat owners would know by now how often they’ve gone in search of their cat, only to finding him hiding inside a box, under a box or in the corner of a cupboard. Create a warm and safe hiding spot like a sturdy cardboard box for your cat to climb in and out of. If you have more than one cat, they will certainly enjoy a game of hide and seek using a lovely, big box!
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7. DVD time

Some kitties enjoy watching cat and wildlife DVD’s which are specially designed to leave on during the day. They enjoy the sound of human voices as well as the various images of other animals which catch their eyes on the screen. Pop in a DVD when you go to work and your feline pal is going to be home alone. Your cats will be grateful for this type of entertainment.
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8. Crazy for catnip

Cats are crazy for catnip! Not only is it a fun treat but it also relaxes them. There are a number of toys which you can buy containing catnip and they are sure to keep your cat happy for hours. Why not grow your own catnip in a little tray and place on a windowsill for kitty to munch on? This is a great way for him to have a tasty treat while enjoying the view outside. Feelgood Pets also supplies lovely Catnip Mousies for cats that they will most certainly thank you for! 
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