The natives are restless! Or hiding, or mad at the world and flipping you the kitten whenever you walk by, no matter how many times you check the food bowl or call him or her a pretty kitty.
So, what gives? You’ve lavished his or her royal highness with juicy treats, overflowing dishes, and even the occasional small bite of fish or chicken. Why do they seem so… testy? Is that YOUR name written all over those freshly sharpened claws?
Cats Have (Bipolar) Feelings, Too!
As much as we adore our felines, we’re often so busy with work, or tired from too many hours and not enough coffee (in the universe) that we forget that our independent little dependents do love us and enjoy our company once in a while. Also, they have no thumbs, so entertaining themselves is limited to about five minutes of slapping and rolling before the boredom sets in.
Yes, that’s right. Cats do get bored! They’re alive, aren’t they? They feel pain, fear, and joy just like any other living being, so why would they not get bored sometimes? Before you oooh and ahhh over the adorableness of that boredom, check your drapes, shoes, linen closet, and especially your tub. Cats have nasty tempers, and although we cannot always understand them, the… er, surprises they leave for us during their temper tantrums are just as gross. Don’t mistake this for one of their “gifts…” I promise you, that present is for their amusement (at your expense) only!
Tantrums and Potty Spots and Scratches, Oh My!
A lesser human would give a cat the boot the very first time it lashed out and drew blood in frustration. You made it this far, and we applaud you! Now, what to do about that Scrooge McKitty, before he or she terrorizes unborn great-grandchildren permanently!
Toys, attention, time, and relaxation. Yep, it’s really that simple! Ok, you caught us! There is a catch… sort of.
You can’t just go buy a little catnip mouse and bat it around with kitty for five minutes and PRESTO! A cat nap with the feline doesn’t count, either. It takes some effort on your part, and just a little attention to your cat’s toy and pastime preferences.
6 Things to Try (Before Eating the Remnants of your Shoelaces with your Cat)
Start simple(ish): try out some new toys, such as:
Bug-friendly toys (and vice versa). Any pet store sells supplies of all kinds of live creepy crawlers that are 100% safe for your cat. Crickets, of course, are challenging prey, and keep kitty busy for hours. If you’re not bug shy, this could be fun for you, too, especially if you happen to have a Fun “S” Shaped Foldable Cat Play Tunnel for your pet. Turn a handful of bugs loose in the tunnel, sit back, and watch fur baby go! And place bets on who wears down first!
- Different food/water dishes. Believe it or not, some cats get bored with the dishes they have. We may never know what made them interesting in the beginning, but we have a solution! For an especially restless spirit, interactive replacements, such as a Spiky Silicone Slow Food Feeder or a Fountain Water Dispenser will put a whole new spin on meal time for cranky pants. It makes for more interesting time passing when you’re away from home all day.
Kitty’s very own bed. It may not sound like a basket of chuckles, but cats put days’ worth of work into breaking in new sleeping spots. Once the bed is just right, they could spend several more days lying there, swatting at flies and attacking their tails in bliss. If your kitten is a “swinger,” something like a cozy Hanging Cat Hammock might earn you the coveted position of “King/Queen for a Day” in your own house! At the very least, your ceiling fans and dangly earrings will be safe once more!
Harness your love! Believe it or not, some cats like leashes, harnesses, soothing jackets, etc. They mimic hands or arms (or paws, if they grew up with their mama) holding and embracing them, and they are content for hours. A few even enjoy walking their human pets and showing off their new fashion accessory. A British Style Jacket Harness pacifies both types of kitties, and they create opportunities to spend more time with our cats and get both of us some extra exercise.
Grooming tools. That rarely sounds like fun to cat lovers; cats let us know that they are perfectly capable of grooming tasks, thank you very much hooman pet, and joining the Worldwide Kitty Tangling Federation is somewhere at the nonexistent of our bucket list. However, you and Garfield enjoy pets and kisses, right? Grooming can be just that simple. A Silicone Grooming Glove is soft and pliable, not stiff and sharp, like some groomer’s brushes. It feels just like you and your baby are kicking back for a day of T.V. and lovins. Your cat will beg to get away by the time you get tired!
Crates/Carriers. I know about ½ of a cat that enjoys being crated or toted in carriers, on their best day and floating on catnip. However, here is your chance to kill two mice with one string… cheese. Look for something roomy and unique, like a Portable Carrier with Cashmere bag. It sort of resembles a little tent, and while that means little to your little prince/princess, the idea of Kamper Kitty is sure to brighten rough days. Here’s how you accomplish two difficult tasks at once. Bring the carrier home, assembled or fluffed, and ready for use. Place it anywhere your cat frequents (but isn’t lounging at that moment), and then walk away. Then, you wait. Cats are nothing if not curious, and eventually it will madden the feline until he or she inspects the strange object. Don’t move it once your cat has shown an interest. Eventually, your kitten will explore the carrier, nap in, around, and on it, and beat it up a few times. Ta-da! Your darling loves a carrier, and doesn’t even know it! Now, a trip in the bag won’t be so traumatic, and you’ll keep all your finger tips and chin hairs. This time…
A Hooman’s Love
Please note that these items are no substitute for your affection and time. These cool new gadgets were meant to engage both you and fur baby, not keep kitty out of your hair. They’re stubborn, but cats love us just as fiercely as any dog. Show them how much that means to you, in return!