How to Avoid Kitty Boredom

Plenty of evidence suggests that cats that spend their entire lives indoors have a longer life span than their outdoor-only counterparts. However, keeping an indoor cat content and healthy requires offering more than just diet and regular vet care and enriching your cat’s environment. Engaging your cat’s instincts by playing games of hunting and foraging will do wonders for your pet’s well-being.

If you’re creative with a bit of imagination, you can keep the cat engaged even in a tiny space and with a tight budget. The good news is that enrichment research has revealed that toys that are taken away and returned after a few weeks can regain their appeal. You can increase your enrichment budget by changing your cat’s toys frequently. Begin with a handful of these cat-friendly games; however, you should start slowly and ensure you receive a resounding thumbs-up from your cat’s vet.

Fancy Foraging

Divide the food portions for each day into smaller batches. Set the food rations in the house, then randomly scatter small snacks. This will not only encourage active foraging, but it will help keep your cat from eating down her food too fast.

Puzzles that are fun to play

Throw a handful of treats into the square Rubbermaid(r) bottle, and place it on the ground with the lid removed for a fun, easy puzzle for children.

Any plastic container with a secure lid can be an attractive hanging puzzle. Cut one or two slots along the outside of the bottom of the container, and then put a handful of treats in the middle. Attach a cord to the lid and hang this puzzle above the doorknob. When your cat is getting the habit of the game, help encourage exercising by raising it higher.


Utilize old socks as detergent-free scent lures. You can mark the sock using the scent of lotion, perfume and vanilla extract, or peanut butter. You can also put the smallest amount of your favorite aromatic spice in it and rub it onto the top of a piece of food to smell the aroma. Spread the socks across the house, and your cat will be scurrying around for hours, enthralled by the myriad scents. If you’re short on time, you can create a scent trail by using a little cheese and then putting the cheese away near the finish of your trail.

Bird Watching

Attach a suction cup bird feeder to the cat’s favorite window. The hungry birds will give you endless hours of fun. Keep feeders away from the ground, as this exposes birds to attacks. Also, keep the windows shut – excited cats could rip through screens.

Mouse Trap

Place a ping-pong ball inside the tub and watch your cat fly through the curves while searching for the mysterious orb.

Creative Cardboard

Utilize cardboard boxes to create tunnels, beds, tunnels, and mazes.

Create a “busy box” by connecting small toys to small cord lengths and hanging them from the box’s ceiling. Cut windows in the box at different levels.

Include the “Tiger Tug,” a tiny version of a game played by Chimps and tigers. Inject each end of a piece of cord parachuted into the box using tiny holes. Connect a toy or a knot of a large size on the other end. If the cat tugs on an end of the rope, then the other appears to be alive. If there are multiple cats in the household, you can run the ends of the cat into separate boxes.

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