1. Make your house cat-friendly. Cats need elevated spots where they are allowed to hang out, Dale says. You can buy cat shelves to hang at different heights or simply clear a window ledge just for Felix. Scratching posts and plenty of cozy hiding places (e.g., boxes and tunnels) are also must-haves in any cat-friendly home.
2. Stop ignoring Fluffy. Play with your cats once or twice a day for at least five minutes—even if it’s during your favorite show.
3. Activate the cat’s prey drive. Feed your cats from enrichment toys hidden around the house. The kibble will fall out of the toys a few pieces at a time so this also prevents cats from eating too quickly. You can buy these food-dispensing toys or make your own. You can take a toilet paper roll, seal off both ends, fill the tube with kibble, and poke holes in the cardboard.
4. Redefine and rotate toys. Owners tend to buy way too many and spend way too much on cat toys. You can simply cut holes in an empty box and it will be great enrichment for cats. Better yet, move that box into different corners of the house. Same goes for cat toys, that mouse toy in the living room becomes a whole new toy when it’s in a different room.
5. Take your cat new places. Whenever possible take your cats to new and exciting locations. Take your cat to work with you if you can. Take your cat on walks. Take your cat to go visit Santa. Take your cat to cat shows. Of course, not every cat would be comfortable in those situations. That’s why fenced-in outdoor pet patios are another solution to break up the indoor cat’s day.
A cat’s mind is a terrible thing to waste.