Is Your Indoor Cat Bored?
We know how much you love your cat. You want them to be happy, healthy, and fulfilled. But if you keep your felines indoors (as we recommend for better long-term cat health), boredom can lead to stress and anxiety!
Instinctually, cats need to feel that they can hunt prey, climb to high vantage points, patrol their territories, and feel safe from predators. Outside, they get to live out these behaviours.
But inside, cats can feel stifled. They may do things you don’t like (like scratching the carpet on the stairs or climbing the cabinets!) – but all they’re trying to do is find an outlet for their natural instincts.
If their basic needs aren’t met, they’ll become stressed and possibly even start acting out. They may be aggressive, withdrawn, nervous, change their litter habits, etc.
Signs Your Indoor Cat Is Happy
If your indoor cat is enriched and fulfilled, they will display certain behaviours that show they are happy:
- Confidently explores and inhabits your home, climbing and perching on things
- Frequently initiates interactions with others (humans or animals) in the house
- Sleeps in view, may have favourite sleeping places
- Normal vocalizations (this is different for different cats, so get to know your own kitty!)
- Consumes small meals and drinks water moderately throughout the day
- Maintains a steady weight (even a 10% weight gain or weight loss is significant)
- Uses the litter box 2 – 4 times per day
- Gently grooms whole body 2 – 3 times per day
If your cat isn’t displaying these behaviours, they could be bored and stressed. If that’s the case, it’s important to work on enriching the environment for them.
Your home needs to provide stimulation for them with things that interest them, without stressing them with an environment they perceive as unsafe.
In our next post, we talk about what indoor cats need for an enriching environment. Read it now!
>> Bring your cat in for a yearly check-up and ask us about environmental enrichment! Remember: cats are notoriously skilled at hiding discomfort and pain, so a check-up may be the key to an early diagnosis. Make your appointment now!
Reduce your cat’s stress on visits to the vet. Get our free tip sheet on stress-free cat travel.
Get Your Paws on Our Previous Posts:
- Pet Poison Prevention: Top 10 Common Household Pet Toxins
- How to Brush Your Pet’s Teeth to Promote Dental Health (And Avoid Oral Disease)
- Are You Neglecting Your Cat’s Preventive Medical Care? Top 3 Reasons Why Your Cat Needs Regular Vet Check-ups
- Did You Know Your Pets Are Actually Making You Healthier? - September 7, 2017
- Is Your Dog Stressed Out? [Video] - July 21, 2017
- Top 10 Tips for Travelling Long Distances in the Car with Your Dog - June 27, 2017
- Celebrate Clarkson Village Animal Hospital’s 30th Anniversary! - June 7, 2017
- Prevention Is The Best Medicine: Make “Cat Soup” for Healthy Cats! - May 24, 2017
- Pet Hospital Tails: 15lb Dog Survives Coyote Attack in the GTA – The Full Story! (Warning: Graphic Photos) - April 25, 2017
- Pet Teeth vs Human Teeth – Can You Spot Dental Disease? - April 11, 2017
- Get a 10% Discount on Parasite Prevention Medication! - March 31, 2017
- Watch Out for These Top 10 Household Toxins for Dogs and Cats! - March 19, 2017
- Important Tips to Protect Your Family and Pets from Coyotes - March 1, 2017