6 Everyday Items To Keep Your Cat Busy Indoors

April 25, 2019

Our feline friends are curious by nature and kitty boredom can lead your fur baby into trouble. Cat toys for indoor cats can offer your fur ball healthy ways to play whether you have a rambunctious kitty, or your fuzzy companion is left alone for several hours during the day. A lazy, bored cat is a recipe for adventurous disaster.  

Keeping Kitty Content & Safe

Many feline parents today believe it is much safer for their fur babies inside. This might be due to the hustle and bustle of the city or predatory critters lurking in the woods next door. Disorders such as FIV, or the feline immunodeficiency virus, and parasites are also serious threats to feline health.

While house cats are domesticated they still have that natural born hunter instinct. It is essential to encourage healthy curiosity and playful exercise from kitten hood. Rescues have very often been declawed and are not able to defend themselves outdoors.  

Budget Friendly Indoor Cat Toys

In addition to keeping kitty amused, you most likely worry about your fur baby’s safety. I am always afraid that my furry little girls will destroy the gift I give them and eat or choke on the pieces. It is important to do a bit of searching to ensure that the indoor cat toys you choose for your fuzz ball are high quality and safe. The Humane Society of the United States provides a list of household items that it considers safe cat toys for indoor cats.

1. Plastic Shower Curtain Rings 

2. Paper Bags Without Handles

Maybe something bigger than this, but you get the idea

3. Paper Towel, Toilet Paper, and Wrapping Paper Cardboard Rolls

4. Cardboard Boxes of Just about Any Size

If It Fits. I sit.

5. Catnip Inside Of Socks

6. Plastic Ping Pong Balls

Plastic Ping Pong Balls
  • Pack of 60 orange 3-star ping pong balls,40+ mm(No paddles included).
  • Practice makes perfect: These balls are suitable for table tennis practice, entertainment, ping pong...

Be sure to kitty proof any toys you provide for your frisky feline, especially, if he or she will be unsupervised while playing. Whether you buy or create your fuzz ball’s toy remove any dangling embellishments such as feathers, tinsel, string, or ribbons. These are many of the same items you would not give your small child to play with.

It is also a good idea to go through your cat’s toys periodically and toss those which are becoming worn. I enjoy this task and uses it as an excuse to buy several new baubles for my furry baby.

Feline Fallacy: Never assume any type of play is above his or her royal majesty’s dignity. For example, many cats love to fetch for their parents.

Indoor Cat Toys for On-the-Go Pet Parents

It is often difficult to keep the curious kitty occupied, even if you are at home most of the time. It is a much bigger challenge when your professional life pulls you away from your furry critter. How many times have you discovered your ear buds are missing only to find fragments of them buried in the couch later? In case you enjoy spoiling your kitty companion like I do, here are several boredom-busting toys for indoor cats.  

Those referred to as interactive roller or chaser toy are excellent for indoor cats. They provide bright colors, amusement, and interactive play to occupy your fur baby for hours. The Amazing Cat Roller Toy By Easyology Pets is a prefect example. This indoor cat toy offers both psychological and physical challenges. The Cat Roller Toy does not include any dangling dangers and is safe cats as well as kittens.  

Easyology Amazing Roller Cat Toy - Cat Toys Interactive Fun with 3-Levels - Kitty Cat Charmer for Interactive Play and Exercise for Kittens - Cat Teaser Kitty Toys and Best Cat Toys
  • SURE TO MAKE YOUR CAT GO CRAZY... Your feline friend will never get bored trying to pry the three...
  • KEEP YOUR CAT ACTIVE AND HEALTHY... Our super-fun roller toy includes 3 balls which swirl around the...

Another wonderful example of interactive play with metal challenges is a Trixie Pet Product. This one offers a reward for kitty, if he or she meets the challenge. It features various compartments to hide treats in, but your fuzz ball will have to work for it.  

TRIXIE Pet Products Strategy Game for Cats Extension Set
  • Expands the domino strategy game for cats (item #46010)
  • Set includes: base with tunnels, tubes and Open Compartments for hiding hard cat Food or treats

Feline Fitness Fortress

My frisky fur babies love their cat tree above all other toys. They don’t always play on it. Sometimes they just kind of nap hanging half on and half off. Cat trees and towers provide a kitty gym so to speak. When they aren’t napping on it they can jump, climb, chase each other, and safely sharpen their claws.Enter your text here...

You can generally find a reasonable priced cat tree, or you can always make one yourself. Paws & Pals offers several designs, but the Multi-Level Condo is a basic model.  

Paws & Pals 16" x 16" x 33" Inches Multi-Level Cat Scratching Post 3 Level Cat Condo Tree House Tower with Sisal Rope, Feather Mouse Cat Toy Ball, Play Tunnel
  • DIMENSIONS: 16” x 16” x 33” Inches.
  • PREVENT YOUR CAT FROM RUINING YOUR FURNITURE: the multi-textured surfaces gives your cat a place...

If you really want to spoil your fur babies, try the Go Pet Club Cat Tree which stands 62 inches high. It’s a little pricier than others, but your kitty will have a ball playing on it. It also provides a feline fitness center to keep him or her in shape.

Treat dispenser balls reward your cat after exercise. These are usually on the smaller end of the price scale, but most felines absolutely adore them. He or she will have fun chasing it and trying to retrieve the treat. In the meantime, he or she will also be getting fit.

Catit Treat Ball, Blue
  • Treat dispenser and toy ball all in one
  • Provides your cat with a treat for working hard

Last update on 2023-04-30 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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