Cats love to sleep, generally an average of 15 hours a day but some even sleep up to 20 hours a day. Rainy day cats can sleep for even longer than that.
It should come as no surprise that cats are affected by the weather, just like us. Cat behavior can vary greatly, depending on their breed, age, temperament and overall health. Regardless of how your cat normally behaves, cold or wet weather will certainly lead to more sleeping.
All of that aside, cats still need interaction and stimulation, especially if the bad weather continues for a lengthy period. To protect your curtains and furniture from the havoc wreaked by a bored kitty, we have some great tips for you.
To avoid any unpleasant presents left on or in your bed, make sure that you have clean litter trays readily accessible around the house. If you have more than one cat, provide a litter tray for each cat, and never place the litter tray near the food and water.
Grow some grass
The ‘legal’ types like oat, wheat, barley and rye are really easy to grow and are wonderfully healthy for your cat and dog’s digestive systems.
Have toys for your cat, but only put a few out at a time and rotate them to keep your cat interested.
You’ll find more ideas for homemade toys here – DIY toys.
Climbing and jumping
This is great exercise for your cat and it is one of the most natural things they like to do. To prevent them using your furniture as their cat gym, get them a cat tree.
These come in all shapes and sizes and will help them to sharpen their claws, climb, stretch and perch. Your cat will also love to be up high.
Playing and hunting
Balls are great for chasing and cloth mice are good for batting and biting. Make sure the toys are safe for cats and no loose parts will come off.
It is also important that you spend some time playing with your indoor cat during the evening. Interactive toys like cat fishing rods are perfect for an exciting game that both of you will enjoy.
Many cats like the sound of human voices during the day – it may help them to feel secure. You could leave a radio on for them, or for a bit more variety of sounds and visual stimulus, you could buy them specially designed cat videos to leave on during the day. These videos contain pictures of birds and other animals to catch the eye and ear of your cat, helping to keep her entertained.
Knowing their love of slumber, having a warm, snuggly bed in a safe place is important. Scattering a few around the house in your cat’s favourite places can help to save your furniture.
Rather be safe than sorry
- Close doors to rooms containing precious breakable items
- Keep toxic plants out of harm’s way or out of the house completely
- Make sure windows are fully closed if your cat is not allowed outside
- In humid weather close curtains to keep the rooms cool
- Tie loose cables together and hide them under furniture