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Gifts for Bored Cats

Updated on November 24, 2014
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My cat Gypsy playing with string.
My cat Gypsy playing with string. | Source

Treat Your Cat and End Pet Boredom

You know your cat sleeps all day and doesn't have any fun while you are at work. Time to change that with some gifts that will perk up your cat.

Some of these are fairly inexpensive and I even include some that you can make yourself. Make life more interesting for your cats. Start now to end cat boredom.

Photo of my cat, Gypsy, back in the 1980s.

Cat 'N' Mouse Cat Powered Cat Toy

Cat Toy - Cat Powered Mouse Chaser - With Scratch Pad - Assorted colors
Cat Toy - Cat Powered Mouse Chaser - With Scratch Pad - Assorted colors

This is a natural for cats as it appeals to their hunting instincts. The mouse rotates freely inside the casing whenever the cat gives it a swat.

 

FroliCat Automatic Rotating Laser Pet Toy - DART TR1

PetSafe Dart Automatic Rotating Laser Cat Toy, Fun Interactive Laser for Cats and Dogs, Adjustable Play Settings
PetSafe Dart Automatic Rotating Laser Cat Toy, Fun Interactive Laser for Cats and Dogs, Adjustable Play Settings

The look on this kitten's face says it all. He is fascinated by the moving light and his hunting instincts are in high gear. Wait for the pounce!

It has more than eighty 4-star/5-star reviews on Amazon.

 

What Happens When Your Cat Has Excess Energy?

Her cat Charley is a real alpha male with energy to burn. If you don't keep him occupied, he takes that energy out on the furniture (KILL those pillows!) or on the other cats.
Her cat Charley is a real alpha male with energy to burn. If you don't keep him occupied, he takes that energy out on the furniture (KILL those pillows!) or on the other cats. | Source

Fun and Games for Cats!

Fun and Games for Cats!
Fun and Games for Cats!

This book helps you figure out your cat's personality so you'll know which games and toys will work with him.

It gives a variety of games and also some toys to make or buy.

 

Another Cat Nap - Cat's Sleep an Amazing Amount of Time

My cat, Gypsy, ready for a nap on the back of the sofa.
My cat, Gypsy, ready for a nap on the back of the sofa. | Source

Cat Sitter DVD Trilogy - Vol 1, Vol 2 and Vol 3

Cat Sitter DVD Trilogy - Vol 1, Vol 2 and Vol 3
Cat Sitter DVD Trilogy - Vol 1, Vol 2 and Vol 3

Owners report that their cats are intrigued by the on-screen animals (birds, rodents, etc.) and will sit watching it.

 

Catit Design Senses Speed Circuit

Catit Design Senses Speed Circuit
Catit Design Senses Speed Circuit

You can see this in action in the video below.

 

Video of Cats Playing with Catit Speed Track

Catnip Toys for Bored Cats - Cheap, but buy a bunch because the cat will have fun tearing it up

I remember our cats over the years had hours of fun leaping on catnip toys and trying to "kill" it. The catnip certainly triggers a lot of action in a cat.

JPI JAKKS Pacific CFA Active Plush House Mouse with Catnip
JPI JAKKS Pacific CFA Active Plush House Mouse with Catnip

Here's the traditional catnip mouse. Browse around on Amazon and you'll see a catnip fish, a catnip rainbow and other oddities filled with catnip.

 

Organic Catnip to Make Your Own Catnip Toys

Frontier Co-op Organic Catnip Leaf & Flower, Cut & Sifted, 1 Pound Bulk Bag
Frontier Co-op Organic Catnip Leaf & Flower, Cut & Sifted, 1 Pound Bulk Bag

Use a worn out sock and fill it with catnip. Sew it shut and you have a catnip toy.

 

YouTube Videos for Making Cat Toys - for bored cats

Make toys for your cat from ordinary household items.

How to Make Cat Toys - for your bored cat

Make Your Own Cat Toys: Saving The Planet One Cat Toy At A Time
Make Your Own Cat Toys: Saving The Planet One Cat Toy At A Time

Great ideas for the DIY cat owner. Think how much you'll save over the years by making your own cat toys.

 

Is Your Cat Bored?

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Cat Dancer Interactive Cat Toy

CAT DANCER Cat Toy Cat Charmer Safe Wand Teaser Colorful Fabric Ribbon Safe Flexible Exercise Toy 1 Pack
CAT DANCER Cat Toy Cat Charmer Safe Wand Teaser Colorful Fabric Ribbon Safe Flexible Exercise Toy 1 Pack

Swish this around to get your cat leaping and twirling. Great exercise for the cat and quite entertaining for the cat's human.

 

Cat Towers and Condos on eBay - Cats love to climb and hide in nooks

The auctions change over time. Take a look at what's available now. You'll find some unique ones on eBay now and then. There's something in a cat's nature that loves perching high above the ground.

© 2012 Virginia Allain

Tell Us Your Ideas for Entertaining a Bored Cat

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    • Lady Lorelei profile image

      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      Cats truly are so funny. I love watching them.

    • Michey LM profile image

      Michey LM 5 years ago

      I didn't realize that we have so many toys for cats until I read this lens. So the cats don't be bored.

      When I was a little girl, my Grandma had 2 cats, and I remember them playing with my toys, I was unhappy ... until grandma explained to me that we must play together, if I play with the cat, she doesn't touch my toys.

    • iamraincrystal profile image

      Rosyel Sawali 5 years ago from Manila Philippines

      Lucky cats to be getting such fun gifts ^_^

    • BuckHawkcenter profile image

      BuckHawkcenter 5 years ago

      I have two cats who I know are terribly bored when I'm gone, because when I return they go into frenzied antics! Need to get them some great toys to keep them happy while I'm gone.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My cat loves to play World of Warcraft, and given the choice between a juicy steak and an abandoned computer, he chooses the computer. (I've seen him do that when my husband left his chair with his meal and his computer on the table.) He's only home alone when we go shopping at the supermarket three minutes away once a week. He's never bored. There are always birds to look at, invisible insects to chase, and then - of course - some important sleeping to be done once in a while.

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      Snakesmum 5 years ago

      Now seriously looking at a laser toy.....

    • Mary Stephenson profile image

      Mary Stephenson 5 years ago from California

      Molly who is 8 years old keeps trying to get Maggie 15 years (who became blind last year) to chase her, but of course she can't. Sometimes I chase Molly which makes her silly. I know she would love to have a kitten to play with, but I don't want to get another cat at this time.

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      LisaDH 5 years ago

      My cat's too lazy to get bored!

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      Heather B 5 years ago

      I chase her around the room, and she seems to like it!

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