There are many things to love about our feline friends. Fluffy is just a great pet: she’s cute, cuddly, and clean, to name a few. Cats are also very low maintenance: your furball may very well spend the majority of her time napping. However, even the laziest kitty can get bored. We don’t want that! Read on as a local Rochester, NY vet discusses boredom in kitties.
The Perils of Boredom
Being bored may not seem like a big concern for our feline friends. After all, Fluffy clearly enjoys doing as little as possible. However, your pet’s emotional and mental well-being is very important. If your furry pal has nothing to do but stare at four walls, she’ll likely become restless and unhappy, and could withdraw or act up. Over time, boredom can also take a physical toll on kitties: just like people, cats can suffer negative physical effects from stress and unhappiness.
One surefire way to keep your cute pet entertained is to give her a comfy window seat with a good view. Your furball may spend hours there, just relaxing, soaking up a bit of sun, and spying on local wildlife. (This also offers Fluffy a chance to get all excited if another cat strolls by.) Your kitty may also enjoy watching documentaries about birds or squirrels.
Offer your furball lots of fun toys to play with. Every cat has their own preferences, so pay attention to what your kitty likes and dislikes. Some felines like string toys, while others prefer smacking plastic balls around or attacking catnip mice. You can also offer your pet a modern toy, like a robotic mouse or catnip bubbles. (Of course, some of our furry patients prefer playing with bottlecaps or crumpled up pieces of paper, but that’s another topic.)
Spend a few minutes a day playing with your feline buddy. This will be fun for both of you! Playing also offers cats beneficial mental stimulation, which can help ward off cognitive decline as they age. Plus, jumping or pouncing on that little toy will help keep your furball active, so her muscles stay strong and don’t atrophy. Don’t worry about overexerting your cat: if your kitty gets tired, she’ll just stop playing.
Please contact us, your Rochester, NY animal clinic, with any questions or concerns about your cat’s health. We’re here to help!