ave you noticed a change in your cat lately? Is she sleeping too much? Does she seem obsessed with food - or has she lost interest in food?
Is she displaying negative or destructive behaviors such as aggression, or excessive grooming, scratching or inappropriate elimination? When medical conditions or extreme changes in your household are not factors, these behaviors may be the undesirable result of boredom.
Boredom is not uncommon in indoor cats. Though indoor cats are known to sleep a large portion of the day, when awake they should keep busy hunting, playing, and defending territory by peering out windows, exploring any open cupboard or dark cubbyhole, and climbing up to elevated vantage points. When your cat is not doing these things, examine her environment and even your methods of care. Something may not be right.
Many factors cause boredom and its associated negative behaviors. Primary causes include extended periods of confinement or confinement within a small room. Also suspect is lack of socialization with other cats or humans, or extended periods of time alone each day. Still other cats experience boredom because of a lack of mental and physical challenge, playtime, or toys and other items with which to interact.
Boredom and inactivity rear up in negative behaviors at first, but over time can lead to actual illness, such as depression. It's important to deal with the signs of boredom right away.
You will notice a pleasant change in cats that are given more stimulation, socialization, and assorted "play and prey" challenges. But indoor cats depend on you to provide it.