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by Tami Nantz | Art of the Pet | 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Just like hoo-mans, yes our cats can get bored. According to daws.org, sometimes cats show their boredom in ways that are quite blunt and their humans think their pets' movements are just normal. Here are some signs to watch out for:
Cats who are suffering from boredom may repeatedly lick themselves, chew/bite at their skin, or pull out their fur. The irritation that results from this behavior can cause them to continue to over-groom.
Bored cats will sometimes chase other pets as a means to release pent up energy.
If you notice that your cat isn’t doing much else except napping and snacking at the food bowl, you could very well have a bored cat on your hands.
If your cat seems down in the dumps and uninterested in most things that normally get her active, including food, it could be a sign that she isn’t getting enough mental stimulation. Be aware, however; if this behavior continues even after making positive changes in the environment, seek the advice of a veterinarian to rule out any health issues.
Bored cats are in sync with bored humans on this front. They’ll over-eat as an just because it is something to do. This can lead to obesity, which further depresses a cat.
Some of these behaviors can also be a sign of an underlying medical issue.
But if you've verified with your vet that your pet is not sick and it's just boredom that triggers the above behavior, you can manage this situation by providing an engaging environment for your cat. Every cat deserves environmental enrichment. To get you started, Pam Johnson-Bennett shared some boredom busting tips for your home alone cat.
1. Set out some custom feeders. Food-dispensing toys are an easy way to provide added enrichment or let her have her own custom-feeder.
2. Create treasure hunts. Hide a few handmade cat treats around the house in places you know your cat typically goes and this will create opportunities for some treasure hunting. If you don’t have the space, you can opt for a one-of-a-kind snuffle treat mat. Need a place to secure these kitty treats? Consider a custom-built pet treat storage box.
3. Scratching post and scratching pads. If you haven’t provided your cat with a scratching post it’s certainly long overdue.
4. The right cat toys used the right way. You should have some toys for interactive playtime as well as toys for your cat’s solo play.