How to Keep your Cat Happy and Stimulated!
June 7, 2021
We all know our cats are intelligent creatures, but did you know you need to keep their brain stimulated for them to maintain a happy and healthy life?
Here are some strategies all cat owners can use to keep their indoor cat happy and stimulated and to prevent boredom.
Play With Your Cat
Having a 10-15 minute play session each day with your cat, and for even longer when they’re a kitten, is not only a great way to bond with your feline friend, but it gives your cat the opportunity to work its muscles, as well as its brain.
What toys are best for my Cat?
Just like children, different cats prefer different toys. But the more a toy resembles a cat's prey, like mice, birds, and bugs - and the more your cat can stalk, chase, pounce and kick the toy - the more your cat will like it.
Variety is the Key
Cats get bored with the same toys, so you need to have a variety of toys for them to play with. In addition to their favourite prey toys, try some feather wands and balls. Rotate their toys and always put them away after playtime finishes. If your cat has constant access to their toys, they will become bored with them.
If you spend a lot of time away from home, then you may want to try an interactive toy that your cat can trigger on its own. These "intuitive" cat toys are designed to work on a motion sensor, so when your cat moves, the toy will respond. Some toys can even reset themselves if they become flipped over or stuck in a corner.
Puzzle Treat Dispensers
If your cat is a food gobbler or greedy eater, puzzle treat dispensers play on your cat’s instinct by enticing them to work for their food, which helps keep your feline friend active and entertained. These toys are designed to mentally stimulate your cat with mazes, balls, food trees and diggers. A perfect companion for cats that tend to be alone during extended periods of time.
Another Feline Friend
One of the best ways to mentally stimulate your cat is to bring in another feline friend. Once both cats are comfortable with each other, they will run, play, chase and mentally challenge one another.