Do cats get bored like humans do?

Do cats get bored in apartment? How do I know if my cat is bored? How do I stop my indoor cat from being bored?

Do cats get bored in apartments?

Cats get bored if they can’t do the things they love doing; hiding, chasing, hunting, and climbing. If they can’t see, hear, and smell the outside world with these things that appeal to cats, such as insects and birds, sounds and smells of food and other creatures.

Cats don’t watch TV or surf the internet. They don’t read books or talk on the phone, and they don’t have a job. Neither do they do crossword puzzles. Do cats get bored in apartment? They might.

That depends on the cat’s personality. A hyper cat is much more likely to get bored in an apartment than a calm cat.

Kittens may not get as bored as grown cats, because they turn everything into a toy, and that includes socks or slippers. My Hazelnut used to shove her nose into one of my shoes and drag it from one side of the room to another this way. It was very comical. She used to get crazily hyper rolling around with mice-shaped toys, swatting and chasing them. Kittens find everything interesting, and they’re less likely to get bored.

How do I know if my cat is bored?

A bored cat may become depressed, losing interest in food, play, and life in general. May have a sad look in its eyes.

A bored cat may interact in a repetitive behavior, like pacing and grooming.

A bored cat may overeat.

A bored cat may pull its fur out in frustration.

How do I stop my indoor cat from being bored?

If you have a home with your own yard, you can put up a cat-proof fence and design a cat-friendly garden. However, that’s not possible if you live in an apartment in a building, like me.

So, you’re wondering; how do I keep my indoor cat entertained?

There’s cats music on the internet, that plays sounds that are relaxing to cats.

Get cats toys. There are balls and mice-shaped toys, some of which move and mimic real mice.

Get cats condos and cats trees.

Place a desk or chair in front of a window and pull the curtains aside. Invite birds and squirrels to your yard so your cat can watch them. Or you can invest in a window seat, like a hammock.

Hide cats treats in the house, so your feline will search for them.

Play with your cat a lot, and let her sit on your lap for hours. Provide lots of love and affection.

Get another pet, a dog or a cat. But then you must take your cat’s personality into consideration. Some cats are happy with company, and some are jealous and may turn violent toward the new pet. Of course, the new pet’s personality must be taken into consideration, too.

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Do cats make friends with other cats

Do cats form friendships with other cats?

I’ve seen feral cats hanging together, but it’s rather rare. Mostly, stray cats can be seen roaming the streets on their own. Can cats friend other cats? Sure they can, and sometimes they do, but that depends on the circumstances.

Age and gender

Do cats make friends with other cats? Sure, but that depends on the situation. A grown cat is more likely to friend a kitten than another grown cat. Two kittens raised together are more likely to make friends with each other than two grown cats. A neutered female cat is more likely to make friends with a male cat.

Personality

Ever heard the term ‘opposite attract?’ It often doesn’t apply to cats (and I doubt it applies to humans). I had two cats. One was a huge, tough cat who loved to play rough, and the other was a princess of a cat, very delicate, who couldn’t stand roughhousing. Needless to say, they didn’t get along very well.

Two cats who are playful will have fun together. Two cats who are gentle will feel safe around each other. Can cats make friends with other cats who have a different personality? That can happen. My two cats did like each other. But it’s more likely for cats to from friendships with cats who are more like them.

Circumstances

Some circumstances ruin any chance of cats being friends. Jealousy, for instance. My cat, Angel, was a very jealous cat and very possessive of me. He turned on my other cat when I petted her.

My Hazelnut was the first cat, and when Amiga and Princessa got in, she saw them as intruders. She had hissed at them and had tried driving them out, which didn’t work. But they learned to hate her because of the way she’d treated them. Disputes over territory can make cats hate each other, and there’s no chance of forming friendships this way.

Do cats make friends with other cats in a colony?

Just because a colony of cats hang together in the same yard doesn’t mean they’re friends with each other. They’re just together because there’s food in the area. They’re together out of convenience. They don’t hunt together or hang around each other, except for mealtimes.

Of course, two cats from the same colony can make friends with each other. But a colony of cats isn’t like a pack of wolves. They don’t share their food or do things together, and they don’t have an alpha or any social structure. Mostly, they ignore each other. They don’t play together, and one cat doesn’t let another cat get too close, or she’ll hiss.

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What does catnip do to cats

What is catnip, and what does catnip actually do to your cat?

What is catnip?

Catnip is a herb from the mint family. The reason why catnip attracts cats so much is because it releases a chemical called nepetalactone, which has an affect on many cats. Catnip is a silver-green plant with jagged heart-shaped leaves and thick stems covered with fine hairs.

What does catnip do to cats?

What catnip actually does to cats is, it makes them high. It alters their mood, the way drugs or alcohol changes humans’ moods. Catnip affects the part of the feline brain that controls mood and feelings.

For how long does catnip affect cats?

Usually 10-15 minutes. Then the cat isn’t affected anymore and just walks away.

Does catnip affect all cats?

One in three cats won’t respond to catnip. The ability to not be affected by catnip is genetic.

What does catnip do to kittens?

What does catnip do to your kitten? Nothing, if the kitten is too young. Kittens are affected by catnip by the time they’re 3 or 6 months old. Before that, they’re immune to its charms.

How do cats respond to catnip?

They chew it to release more catnip, rub against it, sniff it, roll in it. Some cats become hyper or aggressive if approached. Some cats may be euphoric. Some get more playful or become superior hunters. Some zone out. This is what catnip do to cats; it affects each one differently.

Is catnip safe?

Catnip isn’t toxic to cats, but it may make them aggressive. Or because they get hyper, they may start running into the road. It all depends if there’s a cat-proof fence around your yard, and if you live near a road.

Give your cat a tiny amount of catnip and see how they react, then you can give a larger dosage.

Other uses for catnip

Catnip is supposed to have calming affect on humans, like chamomile, and can be added to tea. It also repels mosquitoes.

Is there an alternative to catnip?

Silver vine and Tatarian honeysuckle may affect cats who don’t respond to catnip, because they don’t contain nepetalactone, but similar compounds.

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How to take your cat outside for the first time

How to introduce your cat to the outdoors, when they’ve never been outside? Sure, it’s easier with a cat who’s used to being outside, even if you move them to a new house. But how to introduce your indoor cat to the outside world? How to introduce your cat to going outside, when he’s scared and refuses to leave the house?

Safety

If you have a fenced-in yard, with a cat-proof fence, the first step in introducing your cat to the outside should be to make the garden safe. Make sure there is no broken glass or thorns outside, or plants that are poisonous for cats.

Provide a way to get out

Either install a cat’s flap door or leave the window open so your cat wouldn’t have to rely on you opening the door every time it wants to go in or out.

Put a treat within reach

Put your cat’s favorite treat just outside the flap door. Then walk outside, hold the door open for her to see you, and the treat, just a foot outside the door.

If your cat is still afraid, place the treat on your palm and hold it an inch or two outside the flap door, and let her eat it.

Take your cat outside with you

This is a great way to introduce your cat to the outside world if your cat lets you pick her up, and won’t tear you to shreds if it’s afraid, mistaking you for a sofa.

Leave the door open and stay within a foot or two from the door, holding your cat and talking to her. Pet her and scratch her ears so she’ll associate the outside with a positive experience.

Next, walk a little further from the door.

Finally, take a walk in the garden with your cat. I did this with my Hazelnut when she was a kitten. At first, she clung to me, but after a few walks, she learned to get out on her own.

Stand outside the open window

You can stand outside the open window, where you cat can see you, and call her. Wait till she comes to you, and then you can settle on an easy chair and let her feel her way around. She may be nervous at first and stay close to you, until she gets braver and wanders out on her own.

Final words

Even outdoor cats can hesitate before going outside in a new place. Cats feel safer in a familiar territory. But indoor cats are often much more scared of the outside, and the introduction of an indoor cats to the outside world can be slow and require patience.

Also, some cats are more anxious than others. A less timid cat will get used to the outside much faster than an overly anxious cat.

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Do all domestic cats want to go outside?

Why does my indoor cat want to go outside so much? Have you ever asked yourself that? And have you ever wondered: do all domestic cats want to go outside? And why does my cat want to go outside at night?

Let’s try to answer these questions.

Why does my house cat want to go outside so bad?

The outdoor is full of exciting smells that cats pick with their sensitive nostrils. There are also fascinating sounds and movements. A chirping bird, a grasshopper jumping in the grass, a turtle, a mouse. All these movements and sounds apply to the cat’s natural hunting instincts.

In the wild, cats didn’t live in houses. They roamed in nature. This kind of behavior is in the cat’s blood, the need to explore, find hiding places, and hunt. These are evolutionary traits that often exist even in domesticated house cats. That’s why your house cat want to go outside so badly. She’s simply acting according to her curious and playful nature, walking in the steps of her ancestors.

Do all domestic cats want to go outside?

Not all. That depends on the cat.

First, it depends on whether or not the cat has ever been outside. A cat who’s used to being outdoors will want to keep going out, missing the action the outside had provided.

A cat who’s never been outside is less likely to want to go outside, and an owner of a house cat had once told me her cat is afraid of going out. Some cats don’t even show an interest in being outdoors.

However, just because the cat is afraid of going outside, doesn’t necessarily mean she doesn’t want to go outside.

I had a cat many years ago, Milky. A delicate Persian slightly mixed with Angora. She’d put her head in the bars on my first-floor, ground-level apartment’s window, then she’d pull her head back. Back and forth, for hours. Watching the yard with such intense longing. But she didn’t dare go outside. I couldn’t stand it, so I picked her up and carried her outside three times. She’d clung to me twice, and the third time she leapt out of my arms and walked the yard. After that, she’d leap out the window on her own. She’d lost her fear of the outside.

It also depends on the cat’s personality. Cats who are more playful, energetic, and curious, are more likely to want to go outside and explore, hunt.

It depends on the size of the apartment, and whether or not there are hiding places and cats toys.

Why does my house cat want to go outside at night?

Cats are nocturnal, because their wild ancestors used to hunt their prey at night, when they couldn’t be seen in the dark. Many wildcats lived in warm climates, and it was too hot to hunt during the day. Although some domestic cats sleep during the night, and many cats show some level of activity during the day.

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Do feral cats get into people’s homes

Feral cats get into people’s houses. Yes.

There are things that increase the chances of stray cats getting into your house.

The number of stray cats in the area

There are huge colonies of feral cats in the Tel-Aviv vicinity where I live, which greatly increases the chances of stray cats getting inside houses. The neighbor next door told me a cat had leap in her apartment through the window.

Domesticated cats in the house

Feral cats don’t get into people’s homes looking for human contact. They’re looking for food. When there’s a domesticated cat in the house, stray cats outside smell the cats’ food and let themselves in. Water doesn’t attract feral cats as much as food, maybe because they can’t smell the water.

Living close to the ground

I live on the first floor, ground-level, and three feral cat have leapt in through the window. I kept them as pets. There are more cats who’d tried getting in, but I can’t keep them all.

Having an alpha cat who chases them away

I used to have a huge, aggressive, and very territorial male cat, Angel, who used to chase all the feral cats who’d gotten into my apartment. He’d fight them and chase them even after they ran away. The cats have learned to stay away.

It depends on how aggressive the cat is, and to what length he’ll go to protect his territory. The cats I have now aren’t as aggressive and territorial. They hiss and may swat at an approaching cat occasionally, but they don’t fight really hard.

Lack of food anywhere else

Feral cats will get into people’s homes if that’s the only way they can get food. If they can’t find anything in the garbage because the cans are in a locked room, or because the cans’ lids are always closed tightly. If there are no cats feeders in the area, and if there’s a shortage of mice, squirrels, rabbits, and rats, the cats will become hungry and desperate. That’s when feral cats start getting into people’s homes, the only source of food there is.

Whether or not you chase them away

It depends if you treat the feral cats that get into your house like welcome guests by allowing them to explore the house and look for food, and whether you chase them out. This will determine whether or not they’ll come back.

Experience with previous houses

If the feral cats have gotten into humans’ homes before, and haven’t been chased away, and have found food in those homes, they’re more likely to keep getting into humans’ homes than if they have rough experiences in the previous homes, such as not finding any food and being chased away. That makes them think twice before getting into a human’s house again.

Beds

If there are cats’ beds in your house, or anything a cat can sleep in, like a cardboard box or a laundry basket, especially if they’re padded or placed on a table or desk or chair, anything that’s higher off the ground to give the cat a sense of security. Cats love lounging in these places.

Mice or rats

Feral cats will get into people’s homes if there are mice or rats in there, or even a pet hamster in a cage or a parrot. This can be dangerous to the small pets.

Catnip

If you happen to grow this particular plant in your house, well, that’s an invitation to the feline population wherever it is. The cats will keep leaping in the window like junkies needing their next fix.

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Best cats products on Amazon

Here’s a list of what I believe are the best cats products on Amazon.

Your feline is your best friend, and as such they deserve only the best. We give our furry friends everything, a bowl full of food, security, warmth in the cold winter, plenty of love, and our favorite chair that they claim as their own.

When you go to work, the supermarket, or a friends house, you need to know your cat is happy and content at home, and not lonely and bored. There are so many things you can buy to enrich your cat’s life and keep it happy and content. Especially since many cats don’t go outside. You want to turn your house into an interesting and enjoyable place for your cats.

Here’s a list of amazing items, the best cats products on Amazon, all dedicated to making your cat’s life happier and fuller. Certainly worth a purr.

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Best cats toys on Amazon

SmartyKat catnip mice-shaped toys

These mice toys will provide your cats with stimulation and exercise. What can be more fun than watching your cat chasing the toys around the house? And your sofa and other furniture will thank you when the mice take the heat instead.

  • Filled with catnip that’ll drive your feline wild
  • The right size to pick and carry
  • Fiberfill made from 100% recycled plastic

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Colorful spring cats toys

Wide colorful spring for extra bouncing. Brighten up your house and entertain your cats. Learn more.

Interactive toy, circle tracks with moving balls

  • Non-slip base
  • Can entertain more than one cat at a time
  • Stimulates the feline hunting instincts
  • Gives you the opportunity to bond with your kitten by playing together, with you spinning the ball.

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Window perches and beds

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Window perch seat

This window seat is made of stainless steel and is strong enough to hold up to 30lbs.

Letting your cat bask in the sun and watch the fascinating activity of grasshoppers jumping in the grass, and hear the exciting sounds of chirping birds.

Made of breathable oxford cloth to prevent your cat from overheating.

Provides much-needed exercise for house cats by making them jump on and off.

Cats love higher places. It makes them feel safe, on top of the world. The feline journey.

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Pet bed

This dog and cat bed’s walls are filled with high-loft polyester for security. Comfortable, chocolate-brown, and beautiful. Pets love it. To learn more, Click here.

Orthopedic pet bed

Memory foam chip cushion alleviate pressure points. Great for pets with arthritis. Won’t flatten over time.

Ultra soft and wraparound, with deep walls that provide support, warmth, and a feeling of security for your pet.

Easy to clean and long-lasting. To read more and view closely, click here.

Collapsible cat house with bed

A cube-shaped cat house that provides your cat with a hiding place, playing space, and sleeping place all in one.

Comfortable, easy to assemble, and a beautiful decoration to your house. To read excellent customers reviews and see this cat house in gray and brown, click here.

Spaceship bed

  • Large space
  • Allows your cat a view of the outside
  • Allows you to see your furry friend lounging and napping
  • Cozy, warm, great air circulation
  • Decorates your house and gives it a modern look

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Cat tree bowl-shaped towers with scratching post

  • Provides your feline with exercise by making them swat the ball and jump up and down the tower
  • Provides entertainment
  • A scratching post
  • Protects your furniture from scratching
  • A high place for the cat to nap
  • A good view point from high above
  • Beautiful color to decorate your house

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Water fountain

  • Monitor level indicator to monitor your cat’s water intake
  • Circulation keeps water clean
  • Cats like drinking from moving water. Encourages your cat to drink.
  • Super quiet
  • 3 replacement filters
  • Beautiful, cheerful color to decorate your house

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Hope you liked the best cats products on Amazon. I know I enjoy buying things for my cats more than I like buying things for myself. Have fun.

How do cats pick a favorite person

How and why do cats pick a favorite person? You know how a cat can pick one family member as their favorite human, follow them around and sit on their lap. Sometimes the cat will want to sit on their favorite human’s lap and no one else’s. How do cats pick their favorite human?

Whoever pays more attention to them

Some people are just cat-crazy (like me). They’ll let the cat sit on their lap and pet them for hours. And then some humans won’t let a cat sit on their lap because it limits their movement, stops them from walking around doing their thing. They may pet the cat on the head once and walk away.

Liking the same things

A playful cat likes an owner who plays, who dangles a shoestring or throws a ball or a toy mouse.

Smell

Sometimes that’s how cat pick their favorite humans, by their scent. They may favor one human’s scent better than others.

Forming a relationship in kittenhood

Sometimes that’s why cat pick a favorite person, because this person have taken care of them since their eyes opened for the first time, while the rest of the humans in the household have met them when they were grown.

Or maybe they’ve been there, but they didn’t take care of the orphaned kitten so much. Maybe they were too young, or too busy, or just didn’t want to be bothered. Either way, the person who’d taken care of the kitten looks like a parental figure in the feline’s eyes.

A non-threatening human

Cats are scared of noise and sudden movements. Sometimes that’s just how a cat chooses their favorite humans – those whom they feel safe with, the quiet humans who don’t sing their hearts out with the radio or yell to another family member out in the yard, who don’t play ball in the house, vacuum, or screech at the top of their lungs when their favorite football team wins.

Being good with cats

If a human is cat-wise, it can help the cat choose it as its favorite human. Blinking slowly,not making eye contact, letting the cat come to you. These things make a cat feel comfortable with a human, and therefor claim this human as their favorite.

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Why do cats get scared so easily?

Why do cats get scared so easily? Does it seem like your feline is jumpy, anxious? My cats jump out of their skin when a plastic water bottle pops in my apartment. They bolt for their lives if a stranger walks in the door. Here are a few answers that may explain this behavior.

It’s an evolutionary trait

The feline species wouldn’t survive in the wild if cats didn’t have acute alertness stitched into the genetic makeup, their DNA. Small predators, living alone without the protection of a pack.

If you have an ability – use it

Cats are blessed with tremendous speed. Recognizing this trait, mother cat teaches her kittens to run from danger. If you can outrun most creatures, why not do it? Why not be ready to use this ability?

Feral cats are more frightened of humans than house cats

Why do feral cats get scared of humans so easily? Not having been raised by humans, and not knowing so much about them, feral cats see a huge creature towering over them. It’s just natural to get scared.

Cats are courageous in their own way

Cats may get scared easily, but they have the courage to fight when their back is against the wall. They don’t submit like dogs, because submission isn’t in the cat’s vocabulary. So the only option left for a cat with its back against the wall is to fight.

Sometimes a cat at the vet may give in from terror and exhaustion, but this isn’t the kind of submission associated with dogs. A cat won’t roll on its back and expose its belly in fear. It won’t try to convince itself that its captor isn’t such a bad creature after all, like some humans may do in similar situations (although usually when being held by other humans, not creatures from other species). Cats don’t suffer from the Stockholm syndrome, and this in itself shows strength and courage. Cats may scare easily, but they’ll fight like mad to defend themselves.

Feral cats are tough

Feral cats are more scared of humans than house cats, but then they’re less afraid of fighting other cats. They seem to be better at it, too.

Cats are braver in their territory

When a new cat enters a house with other cats, the feline who considers itself the owner of the house will attack, and the new cat is likely to run.

I had a cat called Milky, who was a lousy fighter. But she did try to fight a cat that had gotten in from outside. She swatted at him in a motion that looked more like petting than swatting, but he ran, because it wasn’t his territory. Of course, he came back again and again, and eventually, she left him alone. Like I said, lousy fighter. A Persian against a feral cat.

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What it’s like to have a cat

So, what it’s like having a cat? What it’s like to be a cat’s owner?

Having a cat means you take a look at your feline before leaving for work and saying, “I’m gonna miss this furball.”

If meas thinking about your cat at work and wondering where she is and what she’s doing. Coming home to a cat running toward you, and a velvety creature rubbing against your leg, welcoming you home.

It’s taking videos and pictures of your cat chasing its own tail and thinking it’s the most amazing thing on earth. It’s a conversation starter when someone brings up your cat.

It’s spending money on cats’ food, vets visits’, cats toys and beds, and flea drops. It’s working more hours so you can afford it all. Yes, that’s how much it cost to have a cat.

It’s the pleasure you get buying them a toy mouse and imaging them pouncing on it, and then laughing your head off watching them do just that. Or, for someone with less hyper cats, the disappointment when they won’t give the toy a second look.

For me, it’s closing the bedroom door because I’m afraid to let them sleep in my bed because I might turn over on them or kick them in my sleep. It’s having my Amiga throw herself against the door, scratching and mewing.

It’s waking up in the morning, and the first thing you do is feed your cats.

It’s having cats hair on your clothes. It’s having a ripped sofa and the scent of felines in the house.

It’s when being so sick, you have to lean on the wall for support, but you drag yourself out of bed and into the kitchen to feed your cats, even if you’re too sick to eat yourself, and the walls chase each other with a speed that makes you dizzy. Spoken from personal experience.

It’s worrying yourself sick when they don’t eat, or when they show signs of being sick like not showing interest in things. It’s going crazy with grief when they die.

And raising a kitten is such a great experience. At first, I only knew what it was like to have grown cats, until I got my five weeks old Hazelnut, watching her learning to climb and then leap, then watching her jumping higher and higher. The little steps of growing up.

Every place you go, your kitty is always in your heart.

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