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Pet owners know that their cats can wreak havoc if they leave them unattended. From scratching the furniture to shedding the plants, a bored cat makes for a destructive cat. You might have noticed your cat simulate a hunt during play time. That is because cats are primarily predatory creatures, and they tend to stalk and chase their prey. Cat are also crepuscular, which means that they are most active from dusk to dawn. To use their speed, agility and acrobatics, they’ll want to run, jump and play while you re asleep. The easiest way to tackle this problem is to build a playroom or a jungle gym for your cat. From recycled to high-tech items, here are a few ways in which you can engage your cat in healthy recreation without sacrificing the interior design.
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If your cat lives predominantly indoors, there are only a few places where he can jump and climb. Moreover, cats like to survey their immediate environment from a high vantage point. Building a set of cat stairs or cat shelves is one of the easiest ways to make your home more cat-friendly. The concept is not very different from installing a bookshelf. Just make sure that you install them in an ascending pattern on the walls.
Remember to take your cat’s comfort into account when you want to create a playroom. Pick a room where you cat feels equally at home either at play or at rest. Just pick a room to stock with your cat’s essentials and favorite toys. Install a scratching post to stop kitty from decimating your favorite table or couch. While young cats prefer tall structures that they can climb and stretch their claws on, older cats are not so prone to acrobatics. If you are not sure about the kind of scratching post your cat will like, observe his behavior. Do they prefer kneading at ground level or do they like to stretch up while they clean their claws on a surface?
Contrary to popular belief, cats are social creatures and get depressed if they are left alone for long periods of time. There are a number of interactive remote toys for dogs and cats. You can stock the room of your cat with laser pointers or engage his night time hunting instinct with glow-in-the-dark toys. You can also go for a light-up mat if you want to keep them occupied during the early hours of the morning.
If you are willing to spend more time playing with your cat, then he will be ready to adapt his sleep cycle to spend more time with you. Charm him with feather toys, grooming mitts and string toys. In the end, it is about keeping your cat content and mentally stimulated.