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Question Bored Indoor cat.. Game suggestions needed

Tinker and Wilson are pretty happy with the luxuries of being indoor cats and don't get bored very often. When they do get bored, they are easily stimulated.

Oscar however, is always looking for something to do. Right now, the other 2 are snoozing and Oscar is pacing around, jumping up on the mantel (not allowed) and the storage unit (not allowed) because he knows it will get my attention.

I'm always trying to come up with new games and toys for him but he is so clever and nothing lasts!

We play fetch but he gets bored about about 5 throws, we have tons of tickler toys that he loves for 10 minutes. I bring boxes home and make peek and grab holes in them and put toys inside. He loves that until he figures out to rip the box open or crush it.

I chuck his kibble up the stairs so he chases it, that's getting boring now because he knows what's happening.

I've spent so many 's on new toys but on the market, everything is pretty much the same!

They have a cat gym.

Even his whole prey is boring him now! He never eats his mouse but he used to love hunting it and playing with it for hours, yesterday.. maybe 5 minutes of playing after he got it out of the box

I think he would be happier with going out but for my own selfish reasons I just can't let him I could never live with myself if something happened to him.

I'm looking for a bunch of new ideas of games and toys for him! I'll pay out for great toys if I don't think he will get bored of it in 10 minutes and I'll try and make anything for him.

Even his whole prey is boring him now! He never eats his mouse but he used to love hunting it and playing with it for hours, yesterday.. maybe 5 minutes of playing after he got it out of the box


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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-21-2013, 12:34 PM
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Ou need to make a few of those toys special by not bringing them out all the time...so they don't get bored by them. I have a cat tunnel they love its not out every day..I want them to keep loving it and play with it. They have interactive treat "toys" that might work
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Yeah I do that. Favourite toys go away in the draw otherwise they get lost and it's always so exciting when they come back out.. For about 10 minutes. Then it's old news again


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Have you seen those videos especially for cats? Or any nature videos that have animals or birds are good (do you get "Animal Planet" on TV?). This one has "DVD Cat Dreams"
Novelty Cat Toys for cats from Madcats Cat Toys. The premier online cat toy shop in the UK.

Interactive Cat Toys: great selection at zooplus

If you haven't got "Da Bird", this one's a must..... a good 15-20 min. workout should tire him out.




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Have you thought about providing access to outside? Maybe enclosing a patio or building a cat run on the grass. If you live in an apartment you could use an AC bracket to hold a DIY screen mesh box for them to perch on and feel the breeze. My cats LOVE going outside (except Lacey). Even with 24/7 access to the screened porch, Lacey must have had her fill of the outside as a stray before I adopted her.

I've had no luck with toys at all. I swished DaBird in front of Jack and Lacey today. Jack was terrified and Lacey just looked at me like I was a real jerk then walked away. Snits.
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Marcia, I'd be interested in seeing a photo of the mesh box you mention. How would I find one on Google?

As to Da Bird, of course it's a must. Cats may be afraid at the beginning, so it's best to let them get acquainted with it in their paws and then dragging it on the floor slowly before making it fly.

As to the original question - I'm confused, because 10 minutes of play is considered a full play session...twice a day.

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Here's a suggestion! Do you have a staircase? Play Pennies From Heaven! Put kitty on the staircase,get out of sight-and start (GENTLY) pitching pennies! So simple,but cats have a blast! And for a kitten,it enhances their zeroing-in skills!
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Marcia, I'd be interested in seeing a photo of the mesh box you mention. How would I find one on Google?

As to Da Bird, of course it's a must. Cats may be afraid at the beginning, so it's best to let them get acquainted with it in their paws and then dragging it on the floor slowly before making it fly.

As to the original question - I'm confused, because 10 minutes of play is considered a full play session...twice a day.
I don't have a photo except in my head. Try looking for "cat enclosures" for ideas. I was imagining something like a bracket support that you would ordinarily put a window air conditioner on. Build a basic frame and use wire mesh to enclose it. Put the entire thing on the support and fasten securely.
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Yeah im got a flying frenzy which is just like da bird. They all love it but I try not to do it too often as Oscar gets bored so quickly.

As for an outside area I only have 1 back window and my co conservatory door. I can't make anything for the window because of the position but I've been thinking about the conservatory door.


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