How to Entertain an Apartment-Bound Cat

Cats are delightful, active creatures — full of curiosity and eager to explore the world around them. Unfortunately, cats relegated to the indoors, whether for safety reasons or owner preference, can get a little stir crazy if not provided with many sources of entertainment. 

The companion next best to you, of course, is a second pet. Most cats do well socially and enjoy having a buddy to communicate and play with. But if that’s not an option, here are a few ideas to keep your apartment-bound cat entertained and stimulated.

1. Play tag.

Cats love to be chased as a form of play. Often, a kitty will stand at one end of a room and look back at you as they scamper away. This is a clear sign that they want to play chase! If your cat isn’t into it, they’ll exhibit clear signs of unease: tail down, ears back, etc. Otherwise, it can be a great way to enjoy quality time with your pet.

2. Change things up.

A great way to inject variety into your indoor cats daily life is to switch up the toys available in the room. Rotate toys to keep them interested or keep your eyes peeled for creative new opportunities for play. Bring a paper bag home from the grocery store? Make a tunnel, then recycle later!

3. Break out the laser.

Light play is often a favorite pastime of indoor cats. Catch the light with a CD, pull out the “little red dot,” or see if you can make shadows on the wall. Your kitty will lock onto the reflection and start chasing it, excited about the visual stimulation.

4. Offer new points of view.

Set up a tall scratching post or create a climbing space that will allow your cat to explore your home from new heights. As natural climbers, cats will want to move freely around the space provided them. Additionally, giving your pet access to plenty of windows will give them many opportunities to sit back and watch the world go by. Bonus if you can attract birds or chipmunks to the area with a feeder!

5. Chat with them.

No, really! This might not seem like play, but it is really special to your cat. Talk to them, get down on their level, narrate your day. Even speaking softly, cooing and communicating, will mean a great deal. Have more than one cat? Make sure they all get quality time! This helps establish trust, which is foundational to a healthy pet/pet-parent relationship.

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Kathy K
Kathy K5 days ago

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Pearl W
Pearl W6 days ago

Hi All - Cats are individuals, my previous cat loved a chat and was very vocal - My present cat purrs aplenty but isn't interested in meowing back and forth - They both love cardboard box creations and I enjoy creating them - Thanks - purr - smiles

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Kathy K
Kathy K6 days ago

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Ruth S
Ruth S6 days ago

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Ruth S6 days ago

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danii p7 days ago

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danii p7 days ago

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danii p7 days ago

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Carol AWAY S
Carol AWAY S7 days ago

Shirley S - rub a bit of cat nip on it :)

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Shirley S
Shirley S8 days ago

Just bought my cat a new climbing & scratching tree house as the old one started to deteriorate. Trouble is she doesn't like it as much as the old one. I am looking for ways to coach her to enjoy the newer tree.

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