4 Tips to Keep a Playful Cat Entertained Indoors

As small, quiet, independent creature cat seems to be the purrrrrrfect apartment pet. However, just because they seem like they are low-maintenance it does not imply they need no maintenance. If you don’t wish to renovate your home and change the furniture every once in a while, you should keep your feline pet happy and entertained as much as possible.

This applies to providing your cat toys and space for his/her needs. And cats do need toys. Lots of them. Indeed, confined indoors for most of their life cats can easily become restless and claw anything their paws can get.

We bring you tips to keep your pet entertained and satisfied and their primordial urge in check at all times, even when you are not around.

A small digression: Did you know that, aside from the hours you spend with your furry friend, owning a cat may cost up to £17,200 in food, toys, vet bills, and other various expenses during his/her average lifetime.

sleepy cat on the couch

Stock Up on Various Toys

Does your cat like toys that imitate birds, mice or bug catching? There are many types of toys made for cats and not every cat has the same taste in toys. Therefore, you need to ensure you know what’s your cat’s fancy. In case you are not certain what toys will coax your cat, get one of each and test which of them will stimulate him/her to interact the most.

If your cat is into treats and snacks, try to keep him/her occupied with a food puzzle toy. These toys are typically shaped like a ball made to be stuffed with small pieces of food or treats. The snacks are realised once the cat figures out how to turn it the right way. This kind of toys are good for stimulating his/her brain as well as muscles.

Now that you know what toys your cats prefer, make sure you have plenty of them and to frequently rotate them as cats get bored playing with same ones after a while. Another reason to stock up with different toys is the inevitability of them being misplaced under the heavy piece of furniture. The trick to avoiding stashing under the furniture is to put the ball in the empty bathtub for the cat to bat around.

Provide a Fun Zone for Your Nosey Pet

small apartment and a playful cat

Chances are your cat spends a lot, if not 100% of his/her time indoors. For that, you should optimise your living space to accommodate cat’s instinctive needs. Stimulation and recreation are also necessary to maintain its good mental health, not just to save it from dying of boredom. Therefore, it is very important to enrich the environment for the cat.

A special space set for the purpose of playing, climbing, hiding and gazing is important. Even if you don’t have an extra room to devote to a cat’s retreat, a window or a corner of a room will be enough. But, before setting up a nice cat tree or a scratching post especially made for climbing and claw exercises, make sure your belongings of a great personal value stay paw-intact. One of the solutions to avoid sacrificing your precious furniture is to call a company that provides favourable storage pricing services.

A Room with a View

a room with a view

One way to help make a cat’s environment richer, larger and safer is to give him/her some supplementary vertical places. The window is an excellent choice for that as it is like television for the feline, with hours of exciting, free of commercials programming of birds, sounds and people to spark their hunting instincts all day long. You can hang a perch on the window sill, which represents a high area with a view or vantage point. It will provide your four-legged pet hours of free, albeit unexciting, entertainment. Therefore, it would be ideal if you can afford multiple perches as some cats like it better to watch their habitat from various vantage points.

Another solution to keep your playful cat entertained indoors is to hang a bird or squirrel feeder in view of a window or a closed aquarium. You can place the cat’s bed or the blanket, on which it likes to take the naps, close enough so it can enjoy in the flocks, jumping squirrels or perky fish and lick his/her whiskers while ogling.

Passive Entertainment

If there is no possibility for you to place a bird feeder near your window or on it or you have a hard time to feed them, try some cat videos with the volume pumped up to keep your fluffy cat entertained. There are plenty of videos available for cats to go through on YouTube. You can put them on while you are at work and the cat should be a lot happier with this passive kind of entertainment.

Videos are not the only passive entertainment you can to which you can resort to. Soothing sounds are also good. If you find that your cat reacts to certain music styles, you can collect more and put it on to play quietly while you are away.

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Three Lost Kittens

Hi everyone,

Please find below a guest story by our good friend Dorothy Berry-Lound:

Three Lost Kittens

Time for an adventure

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Hey Bro We May Not Be Alone – Twee looking at the camera

Moonboots, Tippy and Twee decided to head off lower down the mountain to search for adventure.

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Clever Trevor

Trevor asked if he could come too. “You are too small,” said Twee. “Wait for us at the house, we won’t be long”. The three kittens started walking down the dirt track from the house. Tippy kept stopping on the way to chase butterflies. Each time he ran off after a butterfly, the two girls sat and waited patiently for him, sitting grooming in the sunshine.

A sensible approach

The kittens made their way down past the familiar trees and woodland and down into the olive groves below. “I don’t want to go too far,” said Moonboots. “I have never been down here before”.

“Relax,” said Twee. “My Mum says that as long as we keep one familiar thing in sight we can’t get lost”.

They found an open clearing where nice and warm in the sun they fell asleep.

Attacked by hunting dogs

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Moonboots

They woke with a jolt as pack of hunting dogs came racing towards them barking. Luckily one wore a bell round its neck which gave them a little bit of warning. “Run!” screamed Moonboots, and the kittens shot off in different directions with hounds snapping at their heels. The two girls managed to get up a tree and Tippy shot into a small space in a blackberry bush.

Panting, the girls looked down in horror as the dogs stood with their paws up the tree, baying in their direction. They could hear Tippy crying with fear as dogs were trying to dig their way into his bush to get him. Then they heard the sound of a whistle in the distance followed by a man’s voice shouting the dogs. Luckily the dogs responded and ran off into the distance.

Recovering from the attack

“Moonboots?” called Tippy. “We are up the tree safe Tippy,” said Moonboots. “Don’t come out, in case they come back! Are you all right?”.

“I hurt my paw,” said Tippy, “I trod on something sharp. But I’m okay, I just want to go home”.

“Well we have to be patient and wait,” said Twee, being practical. “When we are sure they are gone we can go home”.

Some time later the girls decided to come out of the tree and ran over to Tippy who came out of his bush, limping slightly. “Let’s go home,” said Tippy.

But which way do we go?

“Which direction is it?” asked Moonboots. With horror it dawned on the kittens that they had run a long way when the dogs chased them and they didn’t know which way was home. Tippy started to cry again. “Crying won’t get us anywhere Tippy,” said Twee.  “We have to figure out how to get home”.

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Sunlight Bathing

By now it was getting dark. “I think we need to stay here for the night, in Tippy’s blackberry bush so we are safe. Then we will find our way home in daylight,” said Twee. Moonboots and Tippy agreed.

“They will all be waiting for us at home,” said Tippy. “I told the others we would see them at dinner time. They will be on the porch looking for us”.

“Well it can’t be helped Tippy,” said Moonboots. “We will be home in the morning”.

Meanwhile back at home

At home the cats were on the porch waiting as their human Mum came out with their food. She noticed that the three lost kittens were not there and called and called for them. She fed the rest of the family and then walked all round the land calling “Moonboots”, hoping to hear a miaow and see her little face appear along with the others. But it was not to be. And she was worried; they had never been absent before.

Asking a wild boar for help

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Wild Boar Camouflaged

It was now dark and the kittens were huddled together to keep warm, in the middle of the blackberry bush. They slept intermittently as there were so many noises. Then, there was a lot of noise and the sound of heavy footsteps and a strong animal smell. A wild boar had come to eat the blackberries that had fallen.

“Please sir,” said Tippy. “We are three lost kittens, can you tell us how to find our home? We live by a big house and have lots of brothers and sisters including two big black dogs that look after us”.

“I know the house,” said the boar. “But you are quite a way from it. You are safer here for now and then in the morning head towards the sunrise and you will find the track.”

“Thank you so much,” said Moonboots politely.

Another attack

An hour or so later there was another smell and the sound of an animal carefully circling the blackberry bush. With horror Moonboots realised it was a big male fox. At that moment, the fox lunged towards the gap in the bush and tried to grab her. Out of nowhere, Twee launched herself and scratched the fox’s nose really badly. Tippy started crying. “There are three of us and only one of you,” said Twee. “Go away and leave us alone”.

” I will be back this way tomorrow,” said the fox “and I will have my family with me. Then you will be mine”. He slunk away into the darkness.

Tippy was still crying. Moonboots licked his face to comfort him. Whilst her back was turned Twee smacked Tippy on the head saying “Woose!”.

The lesson

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Sunshine and Fog

In the morning, the kittens followed the boar’s instructions and walked towards the direction of the sun rise. Unfortunately, as it warmed up, butterflies started to appear and once again Tippy kept diving off after them.

“Tippy!” said Twee sharply. “We don’t have time for this, we have to get home!”.

Twee took the lead, with Moonboots right behind her and Tippy trailing behind.

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Even Kittens Gossip – Tippy and Twee

They seemed to have walked for ages  and stopped for a rest. The sun was getting quite high in the sky now and they still hadn’t reached the track.  They started walking again and then Moonboots looked back and saw Tippy sitting crestfallen looking down at something on the ground in front of him. She called Twee and they ran back to him.

“What’s up this time?” said Twee crossly.

Tippy pointed at the crumpled butterfly dead in front of his paws. “I broke it,” he said. “It is not pretty any more”.

Moonboots sighed and said, “Sometimes, Tippy, we want things really badly and then when we get them they are a disappointment. The wanting is more fun than the having”.

“What does that mean?” said Tippy.

“It means we need to get home,” said Twee.

Heading for home

By now, apart from a few beetles, the kittens hadn’t eaten anything for quite a while. Tippy was repeating that he was hungry until he saw a glare from Twee and decided it was better to keep quiet.

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Stop Snoring

“We can’t afford to be out here for another night Twee,” said Moonboots. “That fox will be back and he is angry”.

“I agree,” said Twee. We need to push on”.

Then there was a squeal from behind them and Tippy said “I recognise that tree! Come on girls! I am going to sleep for a week when we get home!”.

“There is hope for him yet,” muttered Twee under her breath.

Sure enough they had found the bottom of the track that led home. But it was still a long way to go and it was already starting to get dark and looked like it was going to rain. Tippy was still limping so they had to walk at his pace and as a strong wind started to blow Moonboots began to wonder if they were going to get home before the storm broke.

Twee then shouted, “Look I can see lights”.

Sure enough up in the distance there were lights twinkling.

“Home!” said Moonboots, excitement in her voice. “And it is time for dinner”.

All of the images used to illustrate the story are available to buy as a fine art print – just click on the picture to be taken to the purchase page.  If you like cats you might like to look at my Cute Cats calendar that has just become available and also my book about my rescue kitten ‘I am Stevie Mouse‘.

This post first appeared on DOROTHY BERRY-LOUND ART BLOG

 

We regularly write about all things relating to cats on our Blog Katzenworld!

My partner and I are owned by three cheeky cats that get up to all kind of mischief that of course you’ll also be able to find out more about on our Blog

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Friday Art Cat: Pop Art by Samantha Ryan

Hi everyone,

We received this cute photo collage and cat pop art from one of our followers who put together a lovely selection of pictures from our various blog posts.

You can see her full range of photo collages on her Facebook page or Deviantart.

Large version of the Pop Art:

More about Samantha:

Samantha Ryan:

My love for cats has been there since I’ve been a kid. My mom & dad had pets to most of their lives. Growing up my family loves animals, has adopted strays, adopted two family cats, but they come for a while, sometimes they move on to other families or they pass away. One time we took care of a female cat then she had kittens,& we had 10-13 cats at once. When we moved, eventually new cats would come in our life, They would take naps with us, watch tv, sit on our laps, play inside & out, & beg for food. Cats keep you company & they fun to have in our lives. Cats are very smart. I made sure we took photos of them for the memories.

We regularly write about all things relating to cats on our Blog Katzenworld!

My partner and I are owned by three cheeky cats that get up to all kind of mischief that of course you’ll also be able to find out more about on our Blog

If you are interested in joining us by becoming a regular contributor / guest author do drop me a message.

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