It’s not true that cats must go outside or socialize to live a fulfilling life. Feline happiness isn’t dependent on feline companionship. In fact, most wild cats spend most of their lives in solitude. Still, keeping your cat indoors without any type of stimulation could cause some behavioral problems. As a single indoor cat, there are things you can do to help keep your cats happy and stimulated.
Top 8 Tips to Keep Your Single Cat Entertained
1. Play with Them
Cats are naturally athletic and spending too much time alone and indoors could make anyone go a little stir crazy. 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 with strings that can make your cat move large distances and get in touch with their inner hunter.
2. Set Up Places to Observe
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 lay and observe the outdoors. These observation stations keep some cats occupied for several hours before becoming uninterested.
3. Allow them to Hunt
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 natural instincts to come out by hiding their favorite treats around the house. You could also purchase some puzzle toys that keep cats both physically and mentally sharp.
4. Bring the Outdoors Inside
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 plan releases oils called nepetalactone and makes your cat feel highly pleasurable after they chew or rub on it.
5. Allow Climbing
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 allowed them to climb to high places. Cats are natural climbers and seek high places when they feel threatened. Using tall cat trees with several shelves for them they lounge on keeps them entertained and calm all at once.
6. Building a Catio
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 allows your cat to be in the outdoors without being able to escape.
7. Keep the House Clean
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. Purchase Another Pet
We understand that this is something that you’re probably trying to avoid, but there are times where getting your cat another feline companion is helpful. People who work long hours and spend lots of time away from their house 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 you’re away for long periods of time.
There are many reasons why your cat could be a little more depressed than usual. Loneliness and boredom are two things that affect cats just as much as they affect us. Try out a few of these methods for keeping single cats happy and pay attention to which seem to help the situation. The secret to making a cat happy is to keep them physically and mentally stimulated. Without it, cats would live very unfulfilling and unhealthy lives.
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