When we humans look at the amounts of entertainment we have at our fingertips, it can be a bit overwhelming! For cats, well it isn't so easy. When you consider the average indoor cat you will notice much of their time is spent lying around. What if that is out of boredom?
A great way to make sure your cat has plenty to see and watch is to allow access to your windows. You can do this in a few different ways. One option would be to get a window perch, this will allow your cat to not only have a clear view outside but also bathe in some sunshine. Another option would be to put a tall cat tree by a large window. This is a great option for multi-cat homes as it allows for different sitting levels for their enjoyment.
Not many people consider this to be something that stimulates your cat, but it does! A simple, relaxing sound of chimes, purrs, birds chirping, and faint breathing enrich a cats life. Consider how much music has played a role in your life; Why not allow your kitty to have the same enjoyment? There are several options you have out there. The simple method is to simply play sounds of nature through your speakers or on your TV. If you want to take your cats music to the next level, I recommend checking out Music for Cats by David Teie. He not only knows music in and out but backs his songs for cats with science!
Food is something you will know your cat can’t seem to get enough of. Wet food, dry food, treats, chewies, these are all good options but you can’t forget the greens! Cats LOVE to eat grass and it actually aids in their digestive process. Incorporating grass into your cat’s diet will improve memory, mobility and energy. You can read Wheat Grass Benefits For Cats! to learn more on what this super green food can do for you kitty.
Having a variety of textures to play on is good for the toes! Much like us humans, cats love things that are soft and plush. Having some options such as plush blankets or cat beds in your home will bring your cat lots of enjoyment. You want to also make sure to have tough surfaces as well. What I mean by this is areas they can scratch and claw! You can use boards, trees, or even set up a DIY option with your cat’s favorite material to dig their claws into. Some kitties prefer carpet but others prefer rope, wood or cardboard.
The smells in a lively house are usually enough to keep a cat happy but having fresh air is a must! When it’s possible, having the windows open is a great way to bring the smells of the outdoors in. We may not be able to smell as much as our cats do but they will greatly appreciate the fresh air. If you have a cat who has issues with anxiety or jumpiness, you can also incorporate essential oils into your home. One of my favorite scents to use is lavender as it is very relaxing for me as well as my cats. You will want to use an electric diffuser for all oils and keep it out of reach of your kitty.