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How to Keep a Single Cat Happy: 8 Tips You Need to Know

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It’s not true that cats must go outside or socialize to live a fulfilling life. Feline happiness isn’t dependent on feline companionship. Most wild cats spend most of their lives in solitude. Still, keeping your cat indoors without any type of stimulation could cause behavioral problems. If you have a single indoor cat, there are things that you can do to help keep them happy and stimulated.

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Top 8 Tips to Keep Your Single Cat Entertained

1. Play With Them

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Cats are naturally athletic, and spending too much time alone and indoors could make anyone feel a little wild. There are plenty of amazing cat toys that are designed to keep your cats moving. Some of them don’t even require any action from you other than pushing a button. Try using toys that move or have strings that can make your cat move large distances and get in touch with their inner hunter.


2. Set Up Observation Places

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If you pay attention to your cat, you’ll notice that they enjoy spending time looking out of windows and keeping an eye on the birds, squirrels, and other wildlife that passes by. Set up a few places for your cat to comfortably sit and observe the outdoors. These observation stations keep some cats occupied for several hours.


3. Allow Them to Hunt

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Curiosity is part of being a cat. Without the right stimulation, life indoors is going to get boring relatively fast. Help encourage your cat’s instincts to come out by hiding their favorite treats around the house. You could also purchase puzzle toys that keep cats both physically and mentally sharp.


4. Bring the Outdoors Inside

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Your cat is going to appreciate being able to rub all over real plants occasionally. Having a planter of fresh catnip is a fun way to keep your kitty happy. While it doesn’t work on all cats, this plant releases oils called nepetalactone that make your cat feel highly pleasurable after they chew or rub on it.


5. Allow Climbing

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We’re not saying that you must let your cats climb up your furniture and destroy the house, but it would help if they had designated areas that enabled them to climb to high places. Cats are natural climbers and seek high places when they feel threatened. Setting up tall cat trees with several shelves for them to lounge on will keep them entertained and calm all at once.


6. Build a Catio

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If you haven’t already guessed, a “catio” is a screened-in, outdoor patio for your cats. This structure is often installed on your deck or patio and enables your cat to be outdoors without being able to escape.


7. Keep the House Clean

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Cats can be neat freaks from time to time. The messier an area is, including their litter box, the more likely they are to use the bathroom somewhere that they shouldn’t. Avoid any unnecessary stress by keeping the house picked up and their litter boxes free from waste.


8. Adpot Another Pet

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We understand that this is something that you’re probably trying to avoid, but there are times when getting your cat another feline companion is helpful. People who work long hours and spend lots of time away from their cats might consider buying or adopting another cat for them to play with. Once they’re used to each other, the two cats will be able to play with themselves and keep each other entertained while their owners are gone for long periods.

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Final Thoughts

Loneliness and boredom are two things that can affect cats just as much as they can affect us. Try out a few of these methods for keeping single cats happy, and pay attention to what seems to help the situation. The secret to making a cat happy is to keep them physically and mentally stimulated. Otherwise, they will live an unfulfilling and unhealthy life.


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