My 1-year-old orange boy cat, Allegro, has started to prowl around the house making the loudest and saddest-sounding MROWWW??? sounds that I've ever heard. It seemed to start a couple of weeks ago, when he first figured out how to open the cabinet doors in our kitchen and bathroom. We put child-safe hooks in the cabinets, and so he can't get in them anymore, but he still paws at them and at the garage door over and over, like he's really bored and just wants something to do (and he just HATES having the doors closed to him). He's always been our little explorer.
He has a brother and a sister that he's been very happy playing with, two cat towers (he loves the new one we just got them for Valentine's day) and tons of toys and scratching posts. He gets a lot of exercise chasing our other two cats up and down the stairs and hopping from our loft ledge to the plant shelf to the window ledge above the entryway, and he's at a healthy normal weight.
He does get about 30-40 minutes of interactive play with us every day and lots of cuddle time with us in addition to that--I'm sure we should be doing more, but do you think doing more playtime will help? Why do you think he's making these constant, loud, mournful noises? He sounds really, really pathetic and it's breaking my heart.
I've thought of getting a harness for him and going on walks outside (not right now- it's way too cold and icy out there), but I'm afraid that will make it worse--once he has a taste of the big world outside, he may never give up on trying to get out there.
There's no way I'll let him free-roam outdoors--for many reasons, but chiefly because we have both a major highway and lots of wildlife near us.
Thanks in advance!