Play with your cat during the daytime. Cats like to hunt, so buy a laser pointer and wave it all over the place. Don't be afraid to make your cat run fast and hard. The more energy it expends now, the less hyper your cat will be at night.
A cat is a fun pet that, unlike a dog, doesn't require a great deal of effort to rear. However, that doesn't mean that you can get away with just feeding it and changing its litter box. Like you, a cat needs mental and physical stimulation. And if you don't provide this stimulation, then don't be surprised if your cat starts to act a little crazy.
Purchase cat toys and leave them with your cat. You can't spend every minute of the day with your cat, but that doesn't mean it has to be bored. Many toys are designed to be used by your cat without your assistance.
Set up a spot where your cat can sit and look out the window. Cats love to watch squirrels, birds, and other outdoor animals. It tires them out mentally, and it keeps them busy and out of trouble.
Utilize a treat ball instead of a food bowl. This will force your cat to have to work to eat, and will use up some of the energy it gains from eating the food.
Acquire a cat harness and use it to take your cat on a walk. This will burn energy and also help prevent your cat from becoming obese.
Consider getting another cat. Assuming your cat gets along with the new arrival, your cat will have a little buddy with whom to play and spend time.
Stop feeding your cat in the morning. Instead, feed it at night. After spending the entire day looking out the window, chasing a laser pointer, and playing, your cat will be tired and hungry. Feeding it at night will put it right to bed. And it will keep the cat from waking you up early in the morning for what used to be its morning meal.
Tips & Warnings
- Purchase quality cat food that isn't overloaded with starch.
- Don't overfeed your cat.
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