- Dog chew toys like rawhides can keep indoor cats occupied. If your cat doesn’t take to them right away try soaking them in water.
- Bones with meat attached. Avoid poultry bones. Beef bones work best.
- Hiding small amounts of dry food in jars beneath furniture in different places in your home. If this helps keep your cat occupied I suggest moving these around to different places.
- Rotate the toys/bones. Cats need constant variety. These things need to change daily to stay effective.
- Twist and treat toys are available at www.premier.com. (Click on products, then Busy Buddy Toys, then Twist and treat.) These toys allow you to pack dry food mixed with something tasty and gooey like canned cat food or fish pate. Try giving them to your cat at room temperature and frozen to see which way he/she likes them better.
A floor-to-ceiling cat tree with platforms, or better-carpet covered enclosures with hidey holes. Go to the Foster and Smith website. Here is the link:
- Bird house or feeder with suction cups stuck to the outside of the window near your cat tree. These have a two way mirror so your cat can watch the birds and stay occupied.
- Feathers-on-a stick toys are very good for interaction. These must be rotated.
- Tying feathers to a string on your ankle. This keeps cats occupied as you walk around the house.
- A children’s fishing pole with a toy or feathers tied to the end of the fishing line is a fun way to play. You can cast a toy across the room and reel it in at different speeds to exercise your cats.
- Laser pointer on the floor or wall.
- Cat Toy Box from Target.com allows a cat to play by himself.
- Cat grass, like a kitty herb garden, is good for variety.
- Paper bags or cardboard boxes to climb in and on
- Some cats even enjoy bird or fish videos playing on the TV
- Another great addition would be to mount Cat-A-Combs on the wall to encourage facial marking. They are available through Amazon.com.
You can further enrich your cats’ environment by providing more “vertical real estate”. This means more than a cat tree; it involves adding other ways for your kitties to cruise the house without ever needing to jump on furniture or counters. An excellent book on this, with lots of color photos, is called The Cat’s House by BobWalker. You certainly don’t need to go whole hog the way he did but you will get some great ideas, including building plans.
Finally, you could consider letting your indoor cats go outside-IF you were sure they could not get out of your yard. Consider having an Invisible Fence installed: 1-800-385-7387 (505-474-7387 in New Mexico).