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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-08-2011, 03:31 PM Thread Starter
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My cat hardly entertains himself?

If I don't play with him, he'll play only for a minute and go to lie down and sleep. He soon gets either bored or scared of the toys when playing by himself. I don't know how long he was a stray (he seems to be a house cat) but strays indeed often don't play and are scared of toys.

How to motivate him to play by himself?

(I'd love to bring in another cat, and I already know which, but I'm not allowed even one cat by the landlord)

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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-08-2011, 03:52 PM
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Maybe you could start with food enrichment ? It's a kind of occupational therapy and your cat will be rewarded with food/treats, which is a motivation in itself.

If you feed dry food you could hide small quantities of his daily ration in different places throughout the house so that he has to search/hunt for it, or you can use something to dispense food/treats.
You can buy food enrichment toys like a treat ball/pipolino, brain train or activity board from the pet store but it is also easy to make your own from things like egg cartons and empty kitchen towel rolls. Or you could put some treats in toys that were not specifically designed for food enrichment but will keep a cat occupied with fishing the treats out anyway.
As long as your cat is not afraid of it, but maybe the food is a good enough enticement ?

I feed my cats a raw diet but they sometimes get some kibble as a treat in their activity board, they love it and it almost makes me wish I fed dry kibble as a mainstay of the diet so I could give them more food this way in stead of from a plate.



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My Zoe was the same, but was not a stray at all. I realized when she was about a year old that she felt kitty toys were beneath her. lol She demanded proper toys like action figures - yes she had a couple he-man and GI Joe lol as well as an extensive Beanie Baby collection and was starting on WebKinz. Yip she even enjoyed watching the WebKinz on the computer screen! hehe! She was in love with the "under 3" toys from McDonald's and Burger King. She also had a couple dog stuffies - a squeaky alien and a cheeseburger - that she enjoyed batting around like balls.

She was nervous and sometimes afraid of toys that rattled or jingled which meant most kitty toys were out. If I put any of the others in front of her she would look at me with the, "Um Mom what do you think I am? A cat?" and be quite insulted!

My Gabriel enjoyed regular kitty toys, but I only had him for 2 yrs before he passed and that was almost 9 yrs ago. Having 2 kitties now who LOVE kitty toys has been a very strange experience for me.

My point in all of that rambling? Perhaps he wants a different kind of toy!


ETA: Mimosa, what is that activity board called and where did you get it?


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Mimosa: I have the same question as SpellQ: What is that board called and where did you buy it? My girls would love that!
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