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02 September 2009 @ 01:09 pm
I am concerned about my indoor cat's mental health.   She's about to turn 2 and I think she's very bored during the day.
Getting another cat is not an option.

I'd love to hear suggestions of cat toys/games or suggestions of boredom relievers that have worked for you.  Home made or purchased. 
Thanks in advance.
mr. mittensakmed on September 2nd, 2009 06:51 pm (UTC)
i have several cats- so they tend to occupy each other and i might not be the best judge for a solo kitty- but mine are always playing with that turbochaser thing-the circle with the ball in it they can slap around and there's a scratcher in the center, now they make them with a ball that flashes an led light when they whack it. it's the favorite toy.

i also built a large tall cat tree with shelves-you can of course buy them. they love climbing up and down it. cats are real fond of high places they can hang out in. mine race up and down it even on their own. i ended up making one because they broke the store bought one( no one was hurt- it was just made poorly).
Lisaonlylisa on September 2nd, 2009 08:35 pm (UTC)
I've heard the turbochaser is brilliant!
wildflowerwildflower_tsw on September 2nd, 2009 07:51 pm (UTC)
My one loves her little mice. She could play with them for hours. She also loves anything she can bat around with her paw (the pull thing from a milk gallon, pen caps, hair barrettes). She also likes the balls with the little bell in them.

I just found 3 of their toys (I have 2, but they don't play together most of the time) and you'd think it was Christmas here. They're both playing with them. It's great!
Lisaonlylisa on September 2nd, 2009 08:36 pm (UTC)
You've reminded me that mine when nuts at Christmas with the baubles!
Jonny, the milkman's boy: state birdthingie on September 3rd, 2009 09:06 am (UTC)
furniture, furniture, furniture. It makes a huge difference for a kitty to have more than one level of elevation to a house. They are hunting critters, and some enjoy surveying their territory from on high. Normally I dissuade pre-made trees, because they are ridiculously overpriced, and making it yourself is much easier, especially because you can do things like build ramps and shelves into the wall. If you rent... well, thats what spackle is for. Think treehouse. I have a ramp wrapped in sisal rope that goes up to my loft, which the cats love, especially since they can attack the brownie that hangs out in that corner of the ceiling.

And a note of caution, cause people dont pay attention to these things.

When it comes to most store bought cat toys, they can actually be quite hazardous.

Anything with a tail or something that the cat can chew off or ingest: bad. But can easily be rectified by removing the dangly parts. I also like to pluck the red eyes out of those furry mice.

There are, however, interactive toys that are fine.. if you only have them out while you can supervise your cat. This is stuff like the cat dancer, cat charmer, feather duster... etc.

For the toys that are safe enough to leave out, be sure to change it up so the cats dont get bored with the same things.

Ive also found that cats are ridiculously cheap dates. The cardinal rule is.. anything that you put on the floor that can be mistaken for garbage is most likely a great cat toy. Some of these include:

1. Milk cap rings
2. balls of tinfoil
3. bendy straws (a favorite)
4. balls of paper
5. cardboard.. of any kind.. in box form or not. (beer cases are fun)
6. crinkly paper like wrapping or tracing paper (tape a sheet to the top of one of their toys that they sit on. thats fun)
7. beer bottle caps.
8. the evil cat toy (one paper towel roll, tape up one end, pour catnip inside, lay flat on ground, watch)
Lisaonlylisa on September 3rd, 2009 09:10 am (UTC)
Brilliant - thanks.
Will definitely make some of your 'recyclables' suggestions.
Height isn't a problem cause we live in a 3 level house.
Bendy straws are already a fav - must be a cat thing!!

Will definitely make evil cat toy!
Thanks again!