Cats are amazing pets to have. They are independent, interactive, and intelligent. Pet owners enjoy keeping their cats indoors, but oftentimes it is seen that cats tend to get bored and sad when left alone. If you want to keep your cat happy, you need to create happy surroundings for them at home so they enjoy themselves and don’t feel the need to constantly step out. Here are a few things you can do to keep your cat happy when indoors.
Tire Them Out
It’s a misconception that cats are lazy and don’t like to do much. They are quite active and need to burn out their energy so they can be happy and healthy. Make sure that your cat indulges in some sort of regular exercise when indoors. You can invest in scratching posts, cat toys, or even use laser pointers to tire them and make them feel complete. This is also a great way to keep them healthy.
Cats are born hunters and enjoy bird hunting. While they can’t hunt birds when domesticated, they still enjoy hunting them. Create a perch for your cat on the window so they can sit and enjoy watching the birds fly around. You can also place a bird feeder outside the window and watch your cat getting excited each time a bird drops by.
Let Them Hunt
As we mentioned above, cats are born hunters. For them to fulfill their hunting instinct, you need to play along. You can buy your cat a bunch of toys such as a rubber mouse or lizard or even a remote-controlled car and watch them go crazy trying to hunt it down. You can also hide their favorite treats in certain corners of the house and let them go on an expedition.
Some cats hate the idea of being left alone. If you notice that your cat gets upset each time you step out and nothing seems to cheer him up, then you may want to consider getting him a companion to keep him company when you are away.
Let Them Climb
Many pet owners stop their cats from climbing around because they fear that their cat will get hurt. Cats enjoy climbing and love going to higher areas in the house. You could build them a bridge at height and even a small hangout space for them closer to the ceiling.
Cats that are not neutered often get depressed indoors because of their urges. This can cause them to get cranky and frustrated and sometimes even a little violent. The best way to prevent this is to get them neutered.
Who doesn’t enjoy a good rub on the head and a warm cuddle? Sometimes all your cat needs is a little affection to make them feel good. Don’t forget to spend a little time with your cat every day just to show them how much they mean to you and for them to feel wanted.