Cats need to be challenged. If domestic cats become bored with their daily routine and don’t have the opportunity to play enough, they may become aggressive and have less regard for their cleanliness. Playing with humans challenges cats both mentally and physically, which is very important for ensuring that your cat lives a balanced life. As the cat's owner – and main figure of attachment – you should play with your cat at least once a day. You should also give your cat plenty of opportunity to entertain itself.If your cat is left alone and becomes bored, it may upturn flower pots or scratch the sofa. It therefore makes sense to keep your cat entertained while you're out.
- If two cats are acquired together, they can entertain each other.
- A scratching post is perfect for scratching, playing, climbing and sleeping.
- Food can be hidden in tubes, bags or boxes so that your cat has to find it first before eating it.
- Hiding cat cushions around your home will allow your cat to unleash its playful side and have fun sampling all the different spots.
- Toys such as balls, bells, toy mice and logic puzzles provide a great source of entertainment.
- Clear a space by the window so that your cat has its very own "cat TV" and can survey the goings-on as and when it chooses.
It's also important to make the necessary preparations at home before you head out. Make sure you fill the water and food bowls, prepare the litter box, remove any poisonous plants from the house and close the windows.