If your cat could talk, would he tell you he was bored?
Cats require a lot of mental and physical stimulation, a deprivation of any or both will cause a cat to become terribly bored. The tendency for household cats to get bored these days is even heightened. With our smartphones and favorite TV series taking most of our time while we’re indoors, our cats get to have less of our time and attention than they used to years ago. And this is something cats aren’t pleased with. They get bored too, and lonely and insecure.
There’s nothing as boring to a cat than being kept indoors for way too long, and so to deny her your attention or a good amount of mental and physical stimulation, is far too much boredom than she can handle.
How can I tell if my cat is bored?
If your cat gets too bored, he will let you know through a number of attempts to get your attention. Common ways a bored cat acts out are meowing, over-grooming, knocking things off the shelf, scratching glass or a mirror, attacking ankles, aggression towards you or other animals in the home, overeating and over sleeping. If you are not paying attention to him and he wants you to see him, he could play attack you too.
Let’s take a look at each one because they are common among bored cats, but could also signal something else he is trying to communicate.
When cats are bored they tend to groom a lot or display other repetitive behaviors. Also see if she pulls out her fur or bites her skin.
Cats also over-groom when they are stressed out so you’ll want to identify the root cause before you assume it is only boredom. There could be another animal outside that is harassing him with scents that provoke his territorial instinct.
Regardless, giving your cat attention is the over-grooming buster of all times. You can brush him as a way to provide him some love and entertainment which will definitely help.
- Becoming Aggressive To Other Pets
Bored cats may suddenly chase and become aggressive to other pets. If you own a dog as well, you may find your boredom affected cat trying to provoke your dog into a fight.
- Sleeping Way Too Much Than Usual
When a cat is excessively bored, she may resort to spending more time in dream land where she has all the excitement she lacks in the real world.
- She Becomes Destructive
Bored cats are known to be destructive just to get your attention. So if she scratches the couch with her razor sharp claws, it may mean she’s bored.
Sometimes a bored cat will scratch at glass and cupboards. They might kick litter out of their litter box or start to knock things off shelves.
If your cat is acting out with these behaviors, it is a telltale sign she needs some attention and could very well be super bored!
Has your cat’s appetite suddenly increased?
If yes, then she may be bored. Just as humans do when they are bored, cats also become overeaters.
- Creates Her Own Excitement
How often have you gone out of the house leaving your cat indoors only to return home to find your toilet paper torn in shreds and scattered over the floor? This isn’t your cat being spiteful, she’s only trying to create her own excitement.
How do you entertain a bored cat?
There are several ways to entertain your bored cat. The obvious is to play with her more often. In the article “How Much Exercise Do Cats Need” we explore the different ways you can keep your cat active, entertained, happy and healthy.
Entertaining a bored cat is very important. Experts say you want to play with your feline at least 30 minutes everyday. You can divide this into sessions, but it is important to get at least a half hour of active playtime in daily. Brushing your cat at least once a week (and more for long-hair cats) is another way to keep your cat entertained and show them healthy attention. Building a catio or buying an outdoor cat enclosure is another way your cat can be exposed to the outdoors which will definitely provide hours of stimulation. Lastly, getting interactive toys that she can play with when you are not around is also key.
- Kritter Kondo Outdoor Cat Enclosure
- Have a catio built “Catio Builder Directory”
- Play with your cat daily
- Adopt another cat
- Interactive toys
- Keep the T.V. or radio on when you are at work
- Have a sitter or friend come play with her while you are away
- DIY window catio “Build Your Cat a Window Catio for Less than $100”
- Teach her to walk on a leash
- Use clicker training to teach her new tricks
What are the best toys for bored, indoor cats?
Cats who are bored are also craving your attention. Getting toys that you can play along with will go a long way in preventing feline boredom. Any type of wand teaser, drag toy will be a real hit! Experts say just 30 minutes of playtime a day can reduce boredom and prevent obesity. For times you are away from home, having some interactive toys is helpful.
- Da Bird Cat Pole Toy
- Rainbow Felt Stick Toy
- Yeoww! Catnip Kicker
- Toy Assortment Kit
- Crinkle Chase Balls
- Exercise Puzzle
- Petstages Tower
- SmartyKat Catnip Mice
- Brush for Grooming
- DVD for cats
All of these products can be purchased on Amazon prime, we have listed them each below.
Your cat will be so happy to have the extra attention and you will be amazed what even 30 minutes of playtime everyday can do for her happiness. Your cat will sleep better and so will you!
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