When the weather gets warmer and we spend more time outdoors, our cats are left alone at home more often. While cats are independent, they can get bored without enough stimulation, leading to destructive behaviour or aggression. To keep your cat entertained and happy, try these boredom busters:
Install shelves at different heights around your home to give your cat various views. Window perches allow them to enjoy the outside world and feel secure. This not only provides mental stimulation but also satisfies their natural instinct to observe their surroundings.
Joy of Toys
Attach toys to your clothing and let your cat chase them. Rotate toys regularly to maintain their interest. To view Purina’s selection of toys, check out our TOTAL CARE range. Providing a variety of toys helps keep your cat engaged and prevents them from getting bored with the same toys.
Hide and Seek
Cats love boxes, so repurpose them as retreats or tunnels for your cat to hide and play in. This provides a safe and cozy space for your cat to explore and play, stimulating their natural curiosity.
Starting from Scratch
Provide scratching posts or use a tree trunk to fulfill your cat's need to scratch. Place them in prominent positions and different angles. This not only helps keep your cat's claws healthy but also provides an outlet for their natural scratching behaviour, preventing them from damaging furniture or other household items.
Hunting Skills Satisfied
Hide treats around your home or in your cat's dry food for them to "hunt." You can also hide their favourite toys or play hide-and-seek with your cat. This taps into their natural hunting instincts and provides mental stimulation as they search for their rewards.
Train Your Cat
Use tasty treats like Fancy Feast Puree as rewards for good behaviour, such as using the litter tray or following commands. Cats can even learn tricks with patience and consistency. Training not only stimulates your cat's mind but also strengthens the bond between you and your furry friend.
Grow catnip or cat-friendly plants in your garden or apartment for your cat to nibble on. Catnip is known to have a stimulating effect on cats and can provide them with a source of entertainment and relaxation.
Consider getting another cat as a companion for your cat. Cats are social pets, and careful introductions can greatly benefit their behaviour. Having a feline companion can provide your cat with social interaction and playtime, reducing boredom and loneliness.
Ensure your cat has clean litter trays available. Provide one litter tray per cat in your home. Clean litter trays are essential for your cat's comfort and hygiene. Having multiple litter trays ensures that each cat has their own space and reduces the likelihood of accidents.
Cats need interaction with their owners. Spend plenty of playtime with them and give them lots of cuddles for a happy and contented cat. Physical affection and playtime are crucial for bonding with your cat and providing them with the attention and love they need.