The chill is leaving the air, and we're all growing restless and bored. We're counting the degrees until it's warm enough to turn off the heaters and leave behind the sweaters. Guess what that means! It means that your cats feel the warmer weather approaching, and they, too, look forward to the warm breeze and bright sunshine. However, unlike us, they may not be waiting very patiently, and the result is often somewhere between cabin fever and a tornado simulation in your home.
So, what can you do to curb the boredom and keep your cat's and your sanity intact until spring finally arrives? We have a handful of ideas we believe just may offer the solution you seek!
One of the easiest things you can do to keep kitty busy while we wait for spring to arrive is allowing him or her to play outside during the warmest parts of the day. Some cats can be trusted to frolic outside by themselves for a couple of hours and then come right back inside, without human supervision. However, if yours is a feline who's a bit more adventurous and less willing to stay close to home, see if the two of you can learn how to take walks with a leash. Yes, we know that cats are a bit too free-spirited to find great enjoyment in being attached to a leash... at first. However, we've also known a few felines who quickly adjusted to the strange contraption and came to enjoy brief prances around the block with their humans.
When was the last time you weren't wholly engrossed by a new device, gadget, or toy you received or bought for yourself? Surely, you know that the same principle applies to your precious feline, as well! Something new to play with staves off hours of boredom and, if used in moderation, can keep your cat entertained for weeks.
A personal favorite of ours (specifically requested by some of our very own felines, in fact!) is the Interactive Electric Rotating Butterfly toy. This toy features a durable, large butterfly and/or bird attached to a flower-looking base. Simply put a battery in the bottom of the toy's flower base, flip the switch to ON and stand back! Your cat will chase the butterfly or bird until he or she cannot keep his or her eyes open (trust us; we've seen it for ourselves)!
If you have a more hyperactive or adventurous kitty, something like the Collapsible "S" Shaped Cat Tunnel may be more his or her cup of catnip tea. The potential games your feline can play are virtually endless! From hide-and-seek to peek-a-boo, and everything in between, a more active cat will love the tunnel. You'll love it, too, because its collapsible feature allows for easy movement and placement, so you can easily test it throughout different rooms and in various positions, until you find the spot for this toy that suits both you and your cat!
Training tools for your cat are similar to toys, only they serve a specific purpose. They are designed to teach your cat to do, or not do, certain things, to minimize overactivity or destruction to delicate or irreplaceable things in your home.
Let's say your feline is a perfect angel... except when it comes to scratching up your furniture, curtains, and, worst of all, your clothes! How can you teach a creature not to do something that is instilled in their very nature?
Simple! You don't! Instead, use something like the Natural Sisal Hanging Scratching Post toy. The smell of the sisal is naturally attractive to cats (similar to the scent of catnip, with less hyperactivity), and the strong fibers hold tough against the sharpest claws! The hanging tool feels more like play than training, because it swings in place, satisfying your cat's urge to slap moving objects. Plus, you can hang the scratcher on or near a place that's strictly off-limits for scratching, and your fur baby will feel like he or she is being a little rebellious (while not actually causing any damage)!
For kittens or younger cats, the Long Rolling Sisal Scratch Post might be a more useful alternative. As its name suggests, it rolls rather than hangs, and helps your cat spend the extra energy that often gets him or her in trouble, when used to cause mayhem and chaos in your home!
We all find ourselves a little tuckered out after a good workout. This is also true of our four-legged children, too. Exercise is important for their overall health and happiness, as well as for using up all that extra energy, with which we, as our feline's human pet, cannot keep up.
If you find yourself low on energy and your poor kitty is suffering as a result, or if you work long days and aren't home to help engage your feline in interactive playtime, fear not! Try something like the Interactive 3-Level Tower of Tracks exercise tool! Three brightly colored balls sit on three different levels of this tower and, when your feline engages with the toy, they spin around and around in their respective, secure tracks, keeping your sweet fur baby entertained and busy for hours!
9 ½ times out of 10, when a cat adopts the habit of climbing on all the décor in your house that you wish they'd never discovered, all they really want is a spot all their own. Usually, the higher off the ground that spot is, the better he or she will like it. However, we rarely condone our pets climbing on, and scratching up, our expensive home furnishings. So, instead of constantly battling your feline over the condition of your furniture, buy him or her some cat furniture!
The Cat Tree Furniture, for example, has multiple levels on which your cat can sit or lay and observe you and all your strange, human rituals, or simply relish the sunshine streaming through a window. It has a covered compartment, so your cat can disappear whenever the mood strikes him or her. And, of course, no cat furniture piece is complete without scratch post pieces, for those sudden cravings to itch that scratching itch!
A full cat is a happy (and usually sleepy!) cat. However, the method by which you feed your feline is just as important as what, and how often, you feed him or her.
You can make feeding time playtime, too, with something like the Interactive Slow Cat Feeder bowl. The intricate swirl designs leave enough surface area for your cat to eat effectively, without the danger of eating too quickly or overeating. Plus, your cat can reach in with his or her paw and play with food pieces, while pulling them toward the outer edges of the bowl for easier nibbling.
It's well-known that cats spend the majority of their day sleeping, because they are nocturnal animals. However, cats can get on a sleep schedule that is less disruptive to yours if they sleep well during their bed and nap times.
A Removable Soft Hanging Cat Hammock may be just the thing for helping your feline sleep well! If you have a four-legged chair, it's certainly a snap for you! Just attach the hammock with the Velcro straps, and watch your cat enjoy! He or she can play, either with the swinging hammock itself or with toys you hang on or around the soft sling bed, until he or she is all tuckered out. Then, the soft material provides a comfortable place to sleep. Its elevation helps cats that don't feel secure sleeping in floor beds around other animals, too!