By: Dr. Naama Manor, DVM
Veterinary Center Ramat-Hasharon
The longevity of indoor cats is twice that of indoor/outdoor cats. That should come as no surprise when you consider the many dangers that lurk outside: cat fights, dog attacks, car accidents, poisoning, infectious diseases, parasites etc'.
Cats are predators, they were meant to live an exciting and adventurous life. Though domestic cats sleep 18 to 19 hours a day, when they're awake they should keep busy hunting, playing and protecting their territory by looking out of windows, closely examining the closets and climbing to strategic view points. If the home environment doesn't provide enough physical and mental stimuli he might suffer from boredom. And boredom leads to a variety of behavior problems, such as aggression, scratching, crying, changes in appetite, sleepiness and even depression.
One of the most important things you can do for your cat is create a stimulating environment. An environment which offers a variety of activities cats love:
A private hiding place
Try to devote 10 minutes twice a day for playing with your cat. That's a wonderful way to alleviate the boredom while strengthening the bond between you. With time, you are sure to see a happier, calmer cat.
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