03 Jan Peacefully Sharing a Small Space with Your Cat
Cats have a reputation for being aloof. But, is it really their fault? Your cat may act like a jerk but, chances are, they’re just bored. When cats are bored, they tend to become more vocal, often waking their person up in the middle of the night. Boredom can also lead to more dramatic behavior such as aggression, destructive behavior, or even refusing to eat.
The good news is, staving off boredom is easy. We’ve compiled a list of a few things to try if you have a cat who is acting out or if you’re looking to prevent boredom in the first place.
Strategically placed shelving
Cats like to survey from on high; give them the option to do so. Wall shelving is an easy way to add height, and storage, without ruining your aesthetic or taking up valuable floor space. Staggering shelves around your home will safely allow your cat to lounge from several different vantage points.
Cat-friendly window sills
Windows are like television for our pets. Watching the comings and goings of neighbors, birds, and squirrels keep them visually engaged when you aren’t home or are too busy to play. Window sills should be safe, easily accessible, and cozy. During colder months, put blankets near the windows, so they can curl up and get cozy.
Now that you have the perfect cat lounge, give them something to look at. If allowed, put a bird feeder outside your window to ensure your cat gets plenty of visual stimulation.
Stock up on toys
Setting aside play time can help keep your cat entertained, but they need something to do when you aren’t home. Stock up on toys your cat can play with by themselves. Having toys won’t be enough. Just like us, cats get bored. Rotate their toys to keep them interested.
Give them something to scratch…other than your furniture. Not only do cats like to scratch, but it’s also vital to their nail health. Placing something scratch-friendly in every room should keep them happy and less likely to scratch your furniture.
Plants and herbs
Cats are hunters by nature. House plants allow cats to hide out in or even munch on. The important thing here is getting plants that are cat-friendly. Spider plants, palms such as dwarf date and broadleaf, and Boston ferns are all great indoor plants that keep your air clean and won’t harm your cat.
Don’t have a lot of extra space? Plant a cat-friendly herb garden. Mint, rosemary, and thyme are safe for cats and you can use them, too! It isn’t all about our pets; just mostly.
Give your cat some space
Cats like their privacy. Covered cat beds are great because they’re functional and provide your cat with a safe place for some alone time. If a cat bed doesn’t do much for your décor, try a nice basket and a blanket.
Cats are great companions and we owe it to them to make the apartment as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Providing your cat with their own spaces and visual stimulation makes living together easier for both of you.