Cat is always bored
Hi all, I joined this forum looking for advice about my 4-year-old Rosie. Sorry in advance for the long rambling!
She is very attached to me, I still live with my mom and dad but she isn't super comfortable around them for some reason, she likes to just follow me around for most of the day, and I love her dearly.
Recently, she's been meowing at me a lot when I'm in my room working on the computer. When I get up to see what she wants, she'll usually jump on my bed and go to the nightstand where I keep her toys and catnip. But, when I get these out for her, she only plays with them half-heartedly, and sometimes not at all. Occasionally she'll go digging through the cupboard again even though I already have a toy out for her.
Here's the problem in simpler terms: it looks like she's bored, but doesn't particularly enjoy any of the activities I have to offer her.
Here's some of the things I keep around to entertain her with:
-A container of catnip, she particularly likes to play with the lid of it.
-A ribbon toy, which she used to like but now doesn't care for at all.
-A long fuzzy toy with a feathered ball on the end of it. For a while she'll seem to not care about it much, but attacks it quite energetically in short bursts.
-A laser pointer, which she has similar interactions with as the toy above
-A butterfly toy which she absolutely LOVED at first, and still loves it quite a bit now, but these toys are quite fragile and it'll usually only take 2 or 3 play sessions for her to rip a wing off.
-I also keep a few scratchers around the house, and she has a choice of several cat condos
Unfortunately, none of these things seem to satisfy her. Whenever I go to put her toys away after a play session, she reverts right back to the meowing behavior she had before playing, and won't leave me alone. The play sessions are around 10 minutes each - which I understand is probably not enough; not to excuse myself for this, but I've had serious motivation issues my whole life and I just get very antsy doing things that I have obligations to complete. I haven't been able to change this about myself but I want to do whatever it can to minimize its effects on my cat right now.
Here's another thing: she only does this when I'm sitting at my computer chair. When I go to other parts of the house, she'll follow me but won't bother me. She'll even enjoy exploring when I go in to less-visited rooms. Strangely, she even leaves me alone when I just go to lie on my bed with my laptop, which is only a few feet away from my chair.
If anyone has any theories about her behavior or suggestions for new activities to try with her, I would really appreciate it. I feel very bad that this is impacting my friendship with her and I want to do what I can to rectify it.
Last edited by marie73; 07-08-2019 at 11:10 PM.