Providing indoor activity for an indoor cat
More and more cats are now becoming indoor cats. Cats are now becoming companions and loving pets for people who live in flats and apartments where outdoor space is not available. Some cats may not be able to go outdoors due to the local dangers in their environment like heavy traffic. Even though they cannot go outdoors, it’s still important to keep your indoor cat active and happy.
Why is indoor activity important for an indoor cat?
Providing as much indoor activity as possible is essential for any indoor cat. Indoor cats don’t get to climb, investigate and exercise as much as outdoor cats do. Some outdoor cats can spend several hours per day exploring the garden or local neighbourhood. An outdoor cat gets to climb trees, leap onto walls, walk along fences and hunt for fun or for prey. They can also interact and play with other cats in the neighbourhood too.
But it’s not only the physical activity that outdoors cats enjoy, in addition to exercising and outdoor cat loves the mental stimulation that exploring a tree or garden can provide.
So it’s up to you the cat owner to provide ample activity and mental stimulation for your indoor cat. If your cat is unable to go outdoors due to outdoor inaccesibility or their health then you have to bring the outdoors in.
Although it’s extremely important that you play and interact with your indoor cat, sometimes it’s not always possible. With work and errands, sometimes you have to leave your indoor cat home alone so it’s these cat activities that come into play and keep your cat occupied.
What sort of indoor activity should you provide for your indoor cat?
You can provide your cat with actiivity centres, cat towers and cat trees which can mimic a real outdoor tree. Cat activity centres, towers and play trees are essential for an indoor cat. Giving them their very own ‘cat playground’ will allow them to climb, play and exercise indoors. They can use this throughout the day and night and when ever they want.
You can also provide them with toys, tunnels and even food mazes where your cat has to hunt and work for an edible treat. Lots of cat toys and play accessories are also important so that your cat can keep mentally stimulated. There are many cat toys that are designed to keep your cat physical and mentally stimulated. There are some that require a human playmate like dangle toys and laser pointers, but there are some that can be used by your cat alone like play tunnels, food mazes and battery operated toys.
Why is it important that I play with my indoor cat?
A cat will enjoy playing by themselves, but they do need a playmate from time to time. If you own an indoor cat it’s vital that you allocate some time each day to play with them. Some indoor cats are lucky to live with a family, who can take turns in playing with their cat, but some cat owners live alone and take on a cat for company.
If you work weekdays and leave the cat alone for long periods of time, then perhaps another indoor cat playmate is the answer. That way your indoor cat will have someone to play with and they can also keep each other company. No indoor cat (or cats) should be left for long periods of time on their own and need lots of human contact whenever possible.
Providing your cat with lots of activity, toys and mental stimulation will not only help them keep physically active, but it will keep them mentally active too.
An active cat is a happy cat!
Some great ways to provide activity for your indoor cat
Providing your indoor cat with an activity centre, cat tree or cat tower is essential. It’s important that an indoor cat gets to climb, play, scratch their claws and most importantly exercise and a cat activity centre can implement that. Cats like to climb and look down from a height and a cat tower or cat tree can mimic an outdoor tree and let them explore their feline instincts. With indoor cats we recommend that the biggest and highest cat activity centres are the best option.
Cats have an instinct and natural urge to scratch. Using scratching posts and mats helps your cat remove any old debris or dead outer layer or sheath from their claws. It also prevents your cat from developing ingrown nails. Scratching posts, boards and mats are vital accessory for any indoor and outdoor cat.
An activity play tunnel for a cat may seem a simple play accessory to us humans, but for a cat, it’s an exciting play den to hang out in. Both outdoor and indoor cats love tunnels, hidey holes, dens and even hunting prey inside them, whether it be a swing toy or a rod style feather stick. Cat activity tunnels are all tubular, but some may have added extras like ‘pop out’ holes, attached toys and some are even lined with crinkly rustle material which adds to you cat’s play. An indoor cat would benefit from having a play tunnel as part of their indoor activity as it provides them with play, mental stimulation anf exercise.
A fun activity play house can provide hours of fun and play for an indoor cat. Not only is it a play den but a play house can be a great place for your indoor cat to nap or enjoy some privacy. Cat play houses come in all shapes and sizes and can be an exciting addition to your indoor cat’s activity area. Cat play houses are also fun for outdoor cats too as they can be placed in the garden or on the patio.
All cats and especially indoor cats like a bit of privacy from time to time. A pet tent or wigwam is an ideal ‘cat play den’ as the tent structure can also be folded down when not in use. Cat tents are also a great place to house a litter tray, especially if your cat like to do it’s toilet business in private. A small cat tent is also perfect for use outside for outdoor cats who want some shade and privacy in the garden. Placing a small cat tent near your cats activity tree complete with cat blankets will offer your indoor cat somewhere comfy, warm and private to rest when they need it.