The number one law of domestic cats is:

Keep us busy or we will destroy something you love

Cats are a lot like children in this way. Either you can make the effort to set up games and challenges to keep them busy, or they can empty your kitchen trash can and play with its contents while your back is turned.

My cat Capo is a year old and very active. When she’s not asleep, she expects someone to be entertaining her, and if I don’t entertain her, she will amuse herself by batting objects off end tables, shredding paper, or sorting the recycling…around the living room.

I’ve used my creativity and the internet to come up with this list of tried and true techniques that always keep my cat occupied:

1.Catnip spray

Unfortunately, cats get tired of playing with the same toys. To make old toys interesting again, spray them with catnip spray, available at Petsmart. Cats are all about scent and must investigate anything that smells different.

2. Laser Pointer

Allows you to stay seated while giving your kitty something to chase. Perfect for multitasking.

3. Kong toy

You put cat food or treats in a weighted egg-shaped toy. There is a small hole towards the top and your cat has to bat the egg around to get the treats to fall out. It is a rewarding challenge for your cat.

4. Treat Hunt

Before you leave for the day, hide treats around the house for your cat to find while you’re away. I have found that cats LOVE to find food in new places!

5. Re-arrange

When Capo is really getting stir-crazy and I can’t walk her outside, I do one astonishingly simple thing: I move her cat tower to a different wall. For some reason, just moving the tower a few feet makes it so interesting that Capo will spend an hour sniffing, climbing, and inspecting like it’s a new toy. Don’t ask me why this works. It just does.

6. Ping Pong

Ping Pong balls are great fun. Throw one in the (empty!) bathtub, a cardboard box, laundry basket, or paper bag and let the games begin!

7. Cat TV

Set up a shelf, chair, or stool big enough for your cat to stretch out on in front of a window where he can watch squirrels, people, and especially birds. Set up a bird feeder outside to amp up the drama.

Keep your kitty occupied with these techniques and come up with your own! Your cat will be happier and less likely to test gravity with your breakables.

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4 responses »

  1. happycatgirl says:

    Reblogged this on Happy cat girl and commented:
    What a great list! Its pretty clear the author knows what a kitty needs and likes, and is in good company with a cute little trouble maker! I only emply 4 of these methods, but will follow up with my own kitty entertainment methods. Thanks for sharing!

  2. sockdrawersecrets says:

    I love this post and your picture! I don’t have a cat – I have a catdog [a cavoodle, who likes to sleep on the top of the couch & windowsills]. & he destroys him!
    Thanks for the tips =P Bas also loves ping pong balls!
    Laura

  3. Rayya says:

    I absolutely agree. Many people assume cats are so independant that they don’t need environmental enrichement. Absolute fallacy! They need to be kept preoccupied. Great tips.

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