Imagine spending all day, every day sleeping, eating, and staring out the window of your home. It would get boring pretty fast. Well, that's the life of your indoor cat unless you provide it with some mental and physical stimulation to keep it happy and healthy.
Here are 10 tips on how to make your kitty happier.
- Go vertical. Cats are, by nature, climbers. That's why you should provide your cat with the opportunity to survey its world from a high vantage point. Tall, carpeted, cat-friendly climbing towers are available at most pet stores and are easily installed. Locate them in a spot where the family gathers so your cat can enjoy the action from above. Don't put the tower in an unused bedroom or an out-of-the-way corner. Your cat probably won't use it if it's tucked away from the main activity center of your home.
- Build shelves. If you don't like the look of a cat tower in your living room, try building some easily accessible shelves where your cat can roam. Just make sure the shelves are covered with some nonslip material to keep your kitty from sliding off the edge. You can even disguise the shelves with a few books at one end if you want them to blend in with your decor.