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Keeping Your Cat Entertained

Did you know that cats can get bored? We know, Fluffy loves doing as little as possible, so boredom may not seem like a big concern for our feline friends. However, in order to keep your pet happy and content, you’ll need to make sure she is getting enough stimulation. Read on as a Fort Collins, CO vet discusses kitty entertainment options.

Playthings

First of all, make sure that Fluffy has lots of fun toys to push under the couch. There are now some very cute modern toys for kitties. You can spoil your pet with catnip bubbles, robotic mice, or automated laser pointers. You can even download apps for your furball to play with on a phone or tablet! We also recommend taking time to play with Fluffy daily.

DVDs

Did you know that you can get DVDs made just for kitties? Fluffy may really enjoy watching documentaries about birds, fish, or squirrels. Hockey is also popular with some of our feline friends. Of course, your pet’s purrsonality will determine whether this is a good option. Some cats will watch TV for hours. Others won’t pay attention at all.

Kitty Garden

Give your feline pal a taste of nature by setting out some kitty safe plants for her to nibble on and hide behind. Some good options are Rubber tree plants, Boston ferns, Money plants, and Ponytail palms. You can find more nontoxic plants at the ASPCA website here.

Purrniture

Fluffy will really enjoy having some pieces of her own. Choose things that encourage healthy activities like climbing and jumping. If you have a super-frisky feline, look into wall-mounted furniture, or get your kitty a fun activity center.

Window View

Even if your furball wouldn’t know what to do if a mouse ran out in front of her, she’ll still enjoy watching birds and squirrels. Offer your pet a comfy window seat. This allows Fluffy to combine three of her favorite things: sunbathing, napping, and spying!

Playmates

If your kitty is young, and is an only pet, she may enjoy having a buddy to play with. Of course, there are many things to consider before adopting another cat, including Fluffy’s age, history, and temperament. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Please do not hesitate to contact us, your Fort Collins, CO animal clinic, for all of your cat’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

Is Your Cat Bored?

Kitties are unofficial experts at lounging around and looking cute. Your feline friend can spend as much as 18 hours a day napping! However, even with all that sleep, your furball needs stimulation to keep her happy and amused when she is awake. In this article, a Fort Collins vet discusses boredom in cats.

Signs of Feline Boredom

If Fluffy is bored, she might drape herself over the back of the sofa, staring winsomely at nothing. Bored kitties sometimes try to amuse themselves by knocking small items off coffee or end tables. Sometimes our feline friends will bolt and run to another room for no reason, perhaps to see if there is anything interesting going on in there. Your furball may also follow you around, climb up onto your lap, or try to explore a closet or cupboard to amuse herself. Some cats get a bit destructive when they are bored, so Fluffy might pounce on you. Kitties are also prone to snacking when they are bored, so if your cat seems to be eating a lot, she could be bored.

The Benefits of Keeping Your Furball Amused

Just like people, pets need stimulation to be truly happy. Playtime is great for kitties, as it engages their instinctual behaviors, and allows them to indulge their inner hunters. Mental stimulation is also good for kitties as they age. Senior kitties often experience cognitive decline, much like people do, and stimulation helps prevent that. Also, kitties that are entertained are less liable to indulge in destructive behavior, or misbehave by play-fighting.

Entertaining Fluffy

As they say, prevention is much better than a cure. Keep Fluffy entertained by providing lots of kitty toys. Boxes, paper bags, and kitty tunnels all offer fun spots to explore. A cat tower is also a great option, as it provides a sleeping spot, scratching options, exercise, and, if placed in front of a window, live entertainment. Actually, just watching birds, squirrels, and other wildlife can keep your furball interested for hours. Make sure Fluffy has at access to at least one window with a good view. To make this even more fun for your furball, put a bird feeder outside the window. Some kitties even enjoy watching nature DVDs, particularly those about birds.

Do you have questions about your cat’s health, care, or behavior? Contact us, your Fort Collins veterinary clinic, any time!