Did you know that boredom can cause serious problems with cats? Kitties can get very stressed and unhappy with nothing to do! In order to keep your furball amused, active, and happy, you’ll need to offer her things to entertain herself with when she is actually awake. Here, a Hyattsville, MD vet discusses keeping Fluffy occupied.
Although cats slow down (sometimes wayyy down) as they age, they never entirely outgrow their playful streaks. In fact, pouncing, jumping, and running are very natural behaviors for our feline pals. Playing gives Fluffy a great workout! It also offers her beneficial mental stimulation. Offer your furball a variety of playthings to bat under the couch. Cats all have their own purrsonal preferences for toys, so pay attention to what your kitty likes best.
Did you know that birdwatching is one of Fluffy’s favorite activities? Offer your kitty a comfy window seat with a good view. Your furry buddy may spend hours sunbathing, watching local wildlife, and daydreaming about being a ferocious hunter.
Does Fluffy stay home alone while you go to work? Turn a radio or TV on before you leave. The sound of music and voices will soothe your kitty, and help keep her from feeling isolated. If you won’t be home before dark, keep a light on as well.
The best way to keep Fluffy entertained may also be the most fun: spend time with her! Talk to your cat, pet her, play with her, and let her snooze on your lap. This will help your furball feel loved and safe. It will be good for you, too. After all, what better way is there to wind down a long day than by relaxing with a purring kitty?
Cats can certainly manage to get comfortable on our furniture, but they really like things that are more their size. Buy or make Fluffy a cat tower, pet tent, or kitty tipi. Also, make sure she has lots of comfy beds and napping spots.
While kitties are both safer and healthier living indoors, there’s no reason you can’t offer Fluffy some plants to nibble on and hide behind. Check the ASPCA website here for nontoxic plant suggestions.
Please call us, your Hyattsville, MD pet clinic, with any questions or concerns about your cat’s health or care. We’re happy to help!