A cat is an animal that needs to hunt on a pray, eat sleep and have a routine. It needs to have low and high spots to sleep on or just to climb on. Indoor cats (especially the fixed males) can gain weight easily when they end up in this lazy sleeping-routine. Obese can be just as dangerous for cats, as it is for humans (read here). That’s why it’s so important to keep your cat busy.
Not only can your cat be perfectly happy inside, they will also miss out on parasites, ticks, worms and so on!
Active Play Time
A laser toy can be very helpful to keep up with the active play time at house. Even though these toys are loads of fun, be aware of the negative effects and play careful (read here).
The scratching post is for a cat just like a tree. Being able to climb on it, scratch their nails and sit high when another annoying animal is down. It’s a great way for cats to get away from the rest and overlook the living room. High scratching posts are also very handy if you have a small apartment. By adding scratching posts you expand the place for your cat!
If cats are sitting in front of the window, chirping and meowing at birds. This isn’t frustration! Your cat will love watching birds and other animals and people outside going by. Add some pillows by the window or provide shelves.
Encourage your lazy cat to become active! The best way to get your cat moving is through interactive games. By encouraging her to pounce, run and leap through the house, you can get your cat up and running again!
When you’re not at home your cat should still be able to play. I always make sure I got toys like strings and such hidden away from my cat when I am away. So my cat isn’t able to somehow hang himself when I am not at home. But toys like balls, mice, a play circuit or anything can keep your cat from being bored when he or she is alone.
Another tip is to change toys so now and then. Split it in half, put it away, and after a months or so switch the toys. Put the toys you had out away, and you put the other toys out again. This way your cat won’t get bored with his toys easily. Not to mention, cats like the most simple things! A box, a ball of paper, paper bags, anything!
Create places for your cat where he can hide from the world when he wants to. A save place for him to sleep or just to relax when he wants to be alone. Hiding serves as a purpose for the cat that needs safe place away from potential danger. Denying your cat places to hide will only increase its stress. Allow your cat to withdraw into safety when it needs to, at least for the short-term.
For The Super Lazy Cats
If your cat is super, super lazy. A tip is to separate the food, water and litter box from each other. This is even greater if you have a house that consists out two levels. Put the food on the first ground, and the litter box on the second floor and the water somewhere else. This way your cat has to walk when it’s thirsty or hungry.
Make Then Work For Their Food
Instead of giving them food in a normal food bowl. You can buy or create several puzzles or mazes to put food in and for your cat to get it out and puzzle with it! It keeps your cat busy for a while and it means that your little feline actually has to work for his or her food. Just like wild cats have to work for their food.
Are your cats indoor? If so (or if not), why?