5 ways to beat boredom for your cat

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Indoor cats live an average of twice as long as outdoor cats, but cats are natural predators and being inside all day puts them at risk for becoming bored. Boredom can lead to problems such as destructive scratching, aggression, depression, and crying. The right amount of mental and physical stimulation is absolutely essential for your feline’s well-being. Here are five ways to keep your indoor kitty happy and healthy.

1. Create a view – Most cats love windows. A comfy perch near a properly secured window is a great option, especially if you live in a small apartment. It’s an easy way to offer a stimulating environment. Place cat tree by the window or pick up one of the many “window beds” that attach to your window frame. Add some extra fun by placing a bird or squirrel feeder just outside that window.

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2. Grab the popcorn – If a window seat simply is not an option where you live, try movie night for your kitty. Turn on the TV to find an interesting nature drama or pick up a nature-show DVD produced especially for cats. Not all cats respond to recorded shows, but some truly enjoy them.

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  1. Thanks for the tips. Four out of five are provided for my eight year old cat. I was thinking of posting my status on Facebook this morning at 4am this, but this is a better way to tell my story. I always wake up in the wee hours of the morning. Usually, i sit and go through my fb notifications. I came across a video posted of Jeff Dunham and his puppet. The video was funny, but when I looked over, my cat was curled up in my w/c, watching the video and apparently listening, because his right ear would occasionally move back and forth. This was hilarious, and made my day!

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