Cats love space and they need it as well
They’re predators and they love chasing things, jumping on things and you know just love running around!
Let me ask you a question?
Have you ever noticed your Cat just suddenly out of nowhere just run! Literally dart across the room for no apparent reason?
They provide so much entertainment right?
You see, Cats have tons of energy especially when they’re kittens
They need to use all that energy up somehow and they do this by running, jumping and playing around
If you’re living in a house that has tonnes of space then it’s easy to keep your Cat entertained because you could have a special play area for them, buy a huge Cat tree etc
It’s a different story when you’re living in a apartment
Not much space to play around with and as I mentioned Cats need the space
So the question is How To Keep a Cat Entertained In An Apartment?
Provide them with toys
Just kidding! There’s more to that!
Providing them with toys is one aspect yes
But you could do more of course
And in this article I’m going to talk about the different way you can keep your Cat entertained in a apartment
Let’s dive right in!
How To Keep a Cat Entertained In An Apartment
Okay, so let’s go through different ways you can keep your Cat happy, healthy and full of life.. Basically entertained
Play With Your Cat Daily
You might already know this but I think it’s worth mentioning because sometimes we can become lazy and a reminder is good for us right?
You should spend at least 15 – 20 minutes everyday playing with your Cat
Cats can get bored too
There’s a myth about Cats – They’re independent and they don’t need us
This is not true
Cat’s are sensitive and emotional animals and they need our love and affection and one way of showing this is by playing with them
This will also increase the bond between the two of you which is a bonus
There’s many toys out there that you can buy
Make sure to have a variety because Cats can get bored easily just as us humans do too
Here’s some Cat toys you can get for your little kitty that should keep her busy when you’re at work
Also, playing with your Cat everyday will give your little kitty her daily dosage of entertainment too
It provides them with exercise, keeps them healthy, stimulates their mind.. so many benefits!
Get Another Cat
We all love company and your Cat will too
If you’re away at work for the majority of the day then it’s difficult for your Cat to keep herself entertained all day right? I mean how much can she play with the toys
Adding another Cat will give your Cat company and they can play with each other
Trust me they’ll have fun
If you’ve never had 2 Cats then you’ll be surprised how much they run after each other and play fight
It’s cute and it gives them something to do when you’re away right?
If you do want to get another Cat then there is a lot to consider
- Increased expense
- Introducing them to each other
So do consider this if you are looking to get another Cat
Get a Window Seat
Cats love looking outside especially at birds.
They’ll look at them for hours chattering away
This will give them great entertainment – It’s like watching TV!
What you could do is, place a bird feeder nearby and this will give your Cat guaranteed entertainment when you’re away at work
Arrange Furniture In Way Your Cat Can Jump From And To
I’m sure not every piece of furniture you may have is not restricted for your Cat to jump on right
You can arrange furniture in a way that your Cat can jump from and to. Your Cat will love this because they love jumping from one thing to another
That is why Cat parents hate it when their little kittys jump on the kitchen counter!
Cats love high places because it gives them a sense of security and safety
Being in a high place your Cat can survey her territory (Your apartment)
Try it, if you can move furniture around for your Cat give it a go and see how your Cat will love jumping from one place to another
Man, Cats are awesome right! Just writing about them you realize how awesome they are
(I love Cats hence the website name “Catloverhere”)
Get Some Scratching Posts
You don’t want your Couch to scratched up by your Cat right? Couches don’t come cheap so you are better off investing in some scratching posts for your Cat
Your Cat needs to scratch because it keeps their nails healthy, It removes the dead outer layer of their claws and it also marks their territory by leaving a chemical scent wherever they scratch. That is why your Cat may scratch up your furniture or couch even though they have scratching posts. To stop this behavior, make sure you have a place in every room for your Cat to scratch.
Here are some of the best Cat scratching posts I would recommend
Just by looking at the image you can see how much the Cat is enjoying scratching that post!
As you can see in the picture it doesn’t take up much space so very ideal for apartments and I’m sure your Cat would love to get his paws on this!
What I love about this scratching post is it comes in neutral colors so will match your home decor
Size – 16 inches x 16 inches x 24 inches
Ideal for a apartment
New Cat Condos Tilted Sisal Scratching Post
A unique Cat post that is upholstered in carpet for softness that will help distract your Cat from tearing up your beautiful carpet and any other items that your Cat scratches!
Give Your Cat Some Space
Cats want their space too at times and I know it can be difficult for your little Kitty to get privacy in a small apartment.
Not to worry though because you can get a enclosed Cat bed like the Mod Dream Pot Cat Bed which will give your Cat the most comfortable place to sleep in and just hang out. It can also be like a little shelter away from people
The best part? It doesn’t take up much space so it’s very ideal for apartments. Happy days!
Get a Cat Tree
Cats love to climb, jump and explore and the Cat tree is the perfect way for your Cat to have all this in one place
This will keep your Cats busy and entertained throughout the day
Now you must be thinking – How can I get a Cat tree for a Apartment? It will take up so much space!
That is true but there are Cat trees out there that are slim and tall so they don’t take up much space
I would recommend checking out the Amarkat Classic Cat Tree
This tree is perfectly designed for a apartment
You can read my review over at Amarkat Cat Tree Review
Cats love Cardboard boxes!
My Cat loves to sit in it and play in it
I don’t know what’s so entertaining about Cardboard boxes but hey, if they love playing with it you might as well let them grab some from your local supermarket and let your Cat play with it
You could even get them for free so saves you money too
It’s a great way keeping your Cat engaged and entertained whilst you’re at work
Great thing about this is, it does not pose any risk to your kitty and can be easily replaced
Win win situation!
Paper And Paper Bags
Yep! Cats love playing with paper and paper bags
You must have noticed yourself
You get a brand new toy for your kitty but she is more interested in the bag than the toy!
Cats are so intriguing creatures.. full of wonderment and surprise!
The reason why Cats love playing with Paper bags is because of the crinkling sound it makes.
Also another reason is mental stimulation.
The ASPCA state that this type of playing benefits your Cats mental stimulation
You see, if your Cat is by herself and she has nothing to do, playing with paper bags is effective and fun way to stimulate her brain. This also can prevent behavioral issues in the future
A occupied Cat is a happy Cat
What you could do is, before you leave for work or if you’re just heading out for a bit then leave some paper bags lying around in the apartment in different places so your Cat can stumble across them throughout the day
Please make sure to remove any handles attached to the paper bag as this can be a choking hazard
If you live in a small apartment and have a Cat then it’s easy to keep them entertained
There are many ways you can make sure your Cat does not get bored
Follow the tips I have provided in this article and your Cat will be entertained all day long!
I always stress in my articles that you should spend time with your Cat
Leave out the technology.. just you and your Cat
Play with her, talk to her and shower her with love and affection
How do you keep your Cats entertained? Have I missed something out?
Let me know in the comments below!