Having an indoor cat may sound like a brilliant idea that is until your indoor cat starts feeling bored. Your indoor cat will get to a point where they start to feel under-stimulated and need something to occupy their time. They may start scratching your furniture, knocking things off your countertops, and much worse.
Cats need to keep their mind and body occupied. They have a lot of energy and curiosity that must be entertained. That’s why most indoor cats start to get into trouble. They’re bored and need something more for entertainment and stimulation.
If your indoor cat is starting to cause a ruckus in your home, then continue reading for some tips to help keep your indoor cat entertained and stimulated.
There are many food puzzle contraptions you can purchase from the local pet store or an online manufacturer. These food puzzles are toys that your cat can play with to try to get a treat or kibble out of the product. Food puzzles come in many shapes and sizes for all cats to enjoy as a stimulation and food provider when their human friend can play with them.
Your indoor cat misses the great outdoors, even if they’ve never been outside. It’s this internal desire they’re born with to want to get outdoors and hunt. The best way to curb this desire is to give your cat a cat tower that has a carpet outer edge. This allows your cat to climb up the tower and see the outdoors through the window without having to venture into the great outdoors.
Don’t underestimate the power of old cardboard boxes! Cats are much like toddlers in this aspect. They can be fascinated with the simplest of things. Consider leaving a cardboard box or two around the home so that your cat can crawl into it, jump on it, and run around it for many hours of simple entertainment.
Secure Fish Tank
This is a good idea if you can get a safe and secure fish tank for your cat to view. Your cat may want to get that fish inside the tank so be sure to set up your fish tank in a secure location where the cat can’t knock the tank over, harming your fish. Instead, create a cat-friendly space where your kitty can enjoy viewing the fish swim back and forth for hours of stimulation.
You can give your cat an hour of television time! Yes, many cat owners have indeed turned to cat TV as a means to entertain and stimulate their cats. There are many cat YouTube videos or nature shows that show wild cats that will both keep your cat entertained and stimulated. Find a safe spot to put the laptop or television and have your kitty enjoy watching wild and domesticated cats on the screen during the day for fun.
These are just some of the best ways to keep your cat entertained and stimulated. Having an indoor cat comes with more responsibility than having a cat the ventures outside from time to time. It’s up to you to find new ways to stimulate your cat’s natural need for running off energy and staying intellectually stimulated.