It’s that time of year. No more ribbons and paper to play with. Less sun to lie in (at least here in Michigan). Fewer human treats to snack on. Fewer channels on Cat TV. Even the mice sleep more. What’s a bored kitty supposed to do?
Play the arm/face tapping game. Gently tap your human on the face/arm/leg until you get a response. (Pads only, no claws) Count the number of taps. Compare the numbers between when they are sleeping/napping, watching TV, eating, and playing with their computer (the screen with a keyboard that they sometimes talk at).
Sit on a perch and jump on the dog. Pick a perch only slightly higher than your target. You want to startle the dog, not scare/hurt it. Do not try this if the dog is smaller than you. If you try this trick on a fellow feline, the odds are much higher that you will cause a chase game.
Cry loudly and stare at the wall (or into space). Eventually your human will try to figure out what is going on. See whether the reaction is “there must be something in the wall,” “she must sense something,” or “all cats are crazy.”
Hide something you know the human will need shortly. Good candidates are keys, a shoe, an important paper, or some item of personal hygiene. Sit back and watch them go crazy. If they get too distressed, casually “find” the object for them. Do not try this option if your human is one of those who are always late. It could cause them too much stress. You want to have fun, not be mean.
Cook with them. You can supervise, but it’s a lot more fun to actually help. After they get a spoon dirty, lick it clean so they can use it again. Push the ingredients they are finished with off the counter so they don’t put them in twice and ruin the meal.
Exercise with them. You can sit on them while they exercise, but that’s common. It’s a lot better to sit in front of them to offer inspiration. Cats excel at yoga and stretching exercises. Be sure to offer tips on flexibility. Try to imitate the funny faces they make. Yowling with laughter is also fun.
These are our best tips. If you have other ideas, please be sure to offer them below. Before we know it, the birds will be back and we can return to our regular level of human interaction (alternating between extreme affection and totally ignoring them).
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19 thoughts on “Are You a Bored Kitty? Try These”
This started my day off just exactly right. Perfect ideas and I believe I am ready to use them this snowy day!
Glad you liked them. This time of year lasts too long! Purrs, Snoops and Kommando Kitty
These are all great ideas. My cats have done most of them, but I don’t exercise and we don’t have a dog. 🙂
Probably just as well about the dog. The more outgoing cats might have a contest. 😁
Bwahahaha hilarious to me! My cats though, are taking this advice really seriously.
Just wait until they try to help you cook.
Steal their seat every time they get up. They enjoy watching television sideways .
Lovely blog. Thanks. 🤗
Pawsome! Thanks for the idea. Purrs, Snoops and Kommando Kitty
Thank you for cheering me up on this cold rainy day.x😸😻💟🐾
Thank you! I know someone in Yorkshire. You must be sharing the same miserable rainy weather
Furabuluss game dieass Snoopss an Kommando! Mee playss paw tappin on LadyMew butt sumtiemss mee furgetss an clawss are innvolved…that game endss purrty quiklee!
Mee lovess THE jump on Poochie Doggie game…now to find a Poochie 😉
Now mee LOVESS hidin LadyMew’ss scrunchyss fore her hair!! That iss a furry fun game!!!
Ooh, scrunched! Great idea. When our claws are too long, we blame Mom. 😁
Mew mew mew mee too Snoopss an Kommando!! 😉
That staring at the wall thing works like crazy!! You guys are the best.
Why thank you. Our human sister is convinced we have ghosts
we hope ta cod de burdz will knot bee bak bee for we noe it……hizzzzzzz
round heer we like ta stare at de wall …and de floor…starin at de floor izza
sure way ta get yur purrsonz ta think a… ta ran choola …ore sum thinz crawlin long !! 😉 ♥♥
Ooh. We never thought about looking at the floor. We have mice. Now we can make hem think we have bugs too. Thanks!
I have been convinced for a long time that Frodo is using my toothbrush!
Explains the good-looking teeth he has