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How to Keep Your Cat Occupied?

Published 12th April 2024

Do cats get bored?

Cats are curious creatures by nature, often exploring every nook and cranny of their environment with boundless energy. However, even the most adventurous feline can fall victim to boredom when their environment lacks stimulation. Understanding the causes of cat boredom and how to prevent it is crucial for maintaining your cat’s overall well-being and happiness.

Cat and kitten sleeping on a Maya donut bed

Causes of cat boredom

Ever noticed your cat staring out the window with longing? That could well be boredom creeping in. Our feline friends aren’t just fluffy couch potatoes; they’re descendants of mighty hunters, wired to chase, pounce, and conquer. House cats in particular need extra stimulation to meet their natural needs within the home environment and keep boredom at bay. Routine also feeds into your cat’s emotional and physical well-being. Cats are creatures of habit, thriving on predictability and structure. Your much loved morning coffee could well be their ten minute toy time before you leave for work, that sets their day off and helps them maintain their equilibrium. Whether it’s a missed play session or a change in feeding schedule, deviations could leave them feeling fed up or frustrated.

Cat staring out the window on a summer's day
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How boredom affects different cat breeds

Just like humans, cats come in all shapes, sizes, and temperaments, and their susceptibility to boredom can vary as much as their coat patterns. For instance, the Bengal cat is sprightly in nature and often has energy to rival a small tornado. These high-energy breeds need constant mental and physical stimulation to stave off boredom. Meanwhile, a laid-back Persian may be content with a leisurely nap in a sunny spot. But don’t be fooled – even these lazy lounger types can succumb to boredom if left without entertainment for too long. It’s all about understanding your feline’s unique personality and adjusting your approach accordingly. The same goes for your cats of differing ages, A curious kitten is akin to a toddler with an endless curiosity and is constantly seeking new adventures and challenges. Conversely, a senior cat may prefer a more serene environment, but that doesn’t mean they’re immune to boredom – they still crave mental engagement, albeit at a gentler pace. By tailoring our efforts to suit the individual needs of our cats, we can ensure they lead fulfilling lives at every stage of their journey.

Combating your cat's boredom

When it comes to banishing boredom in cats, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. Understanding your cat’s unique personality and needs is key to crafting an environment that keeps them entertained and content. Well designed cat products can be essential to keep your cat stimulated and active, by encouraging them to engage in natural behaviours, from scratching to leaping. Cat scratching posts: Scratching isn’t simply your cat expressing their distaste at your new upholstery choice. It’s an essential part of maintaining claw health that also provides a full body, endorphin releasing stretch. The Omlet Switch cat scratching post goes even further, with inbuilt light modes to simulate prey they can chase and pounce at all day. Switch on and save your sofa.

Toys and tasks for cats to reduce boredom

Occupy your cat with a cat scratching post

Omlet designed the Switch differently, with 86% of the scratcher built to last indefinitely. Only 14%, the fully biodegradable sisal sleeve, needs replacing occasionally, which means the Switch saves up to 33.5kg of landfill over a cat’s lifetime. *Sassy tail flick*

LED Switch Cat Scratching Post
Cat interacting with the Switch Light Up Cat Scratching Post
Cats and people alike enjoying the Switch Light Up LED Cat Scratching Post
Close up of Switch Light Up Cat Scratching Post
The variable light show captivates cats. Switch Light Up LED Cat Scratching Post
Cat interacting with LED light show. Switch Light Up LED Cat Scratching Post
Lights, stretch, scratch. Switch Light Up LED Cat Scratching Post cream colour
Lights, stretch, scratch. Switch Light Up LED Cat Scratching Post coffee colour
LED Switch Cat Scratching Post
Cat interacting with the Switch Light Up Cat Scratching Post
Cats and people alike enjoying the Switch Light Up LED Cat Scratching Post
Close up of Switch Light Up Cat Scratching Post
The variable light show captivates cats. Switch Light Up LED Cat Scratching Post
Cat interacting with LED light show. Switch Light Up LED Cat Scratching Post
Lights, stretch, scratch. Switch Light Up LED Cat Scratching Post cream colour
Lights, stretch, scratch. Switch Light Up LED Cat Scratching Post coffee colour

Or give your cat freedom to access the outdoors in a safe, secure way.

Omlet Catios, Balcony Enclosures and Cat Tunnel Systems allow felines of all breeds to play, exercise and safely enjoy the great outdoors. All without the worry of them getting lost, caught in traffic or into trouble with the neighbourhood moggies!

Omlet’s large outdoor catios allow cats to play safely in the fresh air! Customisable, secure, spacious. Quick and easy to install.
Omlet Catios allow cats of all breeds, ages and abilities to play,  exercise and safely experience the great outdoors
Omlet Catios | Large, Spacious Outdoor Cat Enclosures
Omlet Catio Lo-Rise with skirt
Omlet Catio Size A Walk-in
Omlet Catio Size B Walk-in
Omlet Catio Size D Walk-in
Omlet’s large outdoor catios allow cats to play safely in the fresh air! Customisable, secure, spacious. Quick and easy to install.
Omlet Catios allow cats of all breeds, ages and abilities to play,  exercise and safely experience the great outdoors
Omlet Catios | Large, Spacious Outdoor Cat Enclosures
Omlet Catio Lo-Rise with skirt
Omlet Catio Size A Walk-in
Omlet Catio Size B Walk-in
Omlet Catio Size D Walk-in

Omlet Catios | Large, Spacious Outdoor Cat Enclosures

$999.00
Omlet Cat Balcony Enclosure | Catio Medium Cat Balcony 3x1
Omlet’s Cat Balcony Enclosure provides a simple and elegant solution to give your space a complete cat proof balcony
Omlet Cat Balcony Enclosure | Catio Small Cat Balcony 2x1
Omlet Cat Balcony Enclosure | Catio Large Cat Balcony 4x1
Omlet Cat Balcony Enclosure | Catio Medium Cat Balcony 3x1
Omlet’s Cat Balcony Enclosure provides a simple and elegant solution to give your space a complete cat proof balcony
Omlet Cat Balcony Enclosure | Catio Small Cat Balcony 2x1
Omlet Cat Balcony Enclosure | Catio Large Cat Balcony 4x1

Omlet Cat Balcony Enclosure | Catio

$999.00
Extend Your Omlet Pet Run
Extend Your Omlet Pet Run
Extend Your Omlet Pet Run
Extend Your Omlet Pet Run

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Porch | Omlet Pet Run
Porch | Omlet Pet Run
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Porch | Omlet Pet Run
Porch | Omlet Pet Run
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Porch | Omlet Pet Run
Porch | Omlet Pet Run
Porch | Omlet Pet Run
Porch | Omlet Pet Run
Porch | Omlet Pet Run

Porch | Omlet Pet Run

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Partition For Omlet Pet Run | 3 Panels
Partition For Omlet Pet Run | 3 Panels
Partition For Omlet Pet Run | 3 Panels
Partition For Omlet Pet Run | 3 Panels
Partition For Omlet Pet Run | 3 Panels

Partition For Omlet Pet Run | 3 Panels

$499.00

Or give your cat freedom to access the outdoors in a safe, secure way.

Omlet Catios, Balcony Enclosures and Cat Tunnel Systems allow felines of all breeds to play, exercise and safely enjoy the great outdoors. All without the worry of them getting lost, caught in traffic or into trouble with the neighbourhood moggies!

Omlet’s large outdoor catios allow cats to play safely in the fresh air! Customisable, secure, spacious. Quick and easy to install.
Omlet Catios allow cats of all breeds, ages and abilities to play,  exercise and safely experience the great outdoors
Omlet Catios | Large, Spacious Outdoor Cat Enclosures
Omlet Catio Lo-Rise with skirt
Omlet Catio Size A Walk-in
Omlet Catio Size B Walk-in
Omlet Catio Size D Walk-in
Omlet’s large outdoor catios allow cats to play safely in the fresh air! Customisable, secure, spacious. Quick and easy to install.
Omlet Catios allow cats of all breeds, ages and abilities to play,  exercise and safely experience the great outdoors
Omlet Catios | Large, Spacious Outdoor Cat Enclosures
Omlet Catio Lo-Rise with skirt
Omlet Catio Size A Walk-in
Omlet Catio Size B Walk-in
Omlet Catio Size D Walk-in

Omlet Catios | Large, Spacious Outdoor Cat Enclosures

$999.00
Omlet Cat Balcony Enclosure | Catio Medium Cat Balcony 3x1
Omlet’s Cat Balcony Enclosure provides a simple and elegant solution to give your space a complete cat proof balcony
Omlet Cat Balcony Enclosure | Catio Small Cat Balcony 2x1
Omlet Cat Balcony Enclosure | Catio Large Cat Balcony 4x1
Omlet Cat Balcony Enclosure | Catio Medium Cat Balcony 3x1
Omlet’s Cat Balcony Enclosure provides a simple and elegant solution to give your space a complete cat proof balcony
Omlet Cat Balcony Enclosure | Catio Small Cat Balcony 2x1
Omlet Cat Balcony Enclosure | Catio Large Cat Balcony 4x1

Omlet Cat Balcony Enclosure | Catio

$999.00
Extend Your Omlet Pet Run
Extend Your Omlet Pet Run
Extend Your Omlet Pet Run
Extend Your Omlet Pet Run

Extend Your Omlet Pet Run

$299.00
Porch | Omlet Pet Run
Porch | Omlet Pet Run
Porch | Omlet Pet Run
Porch | Omlet Pet Run
Porch | Omlet Pet Run
Porch | Omlet Pet Run
Porch | Omlet Pet Run
Porch | Omlet Pet Run
Porch | Omlet Pet Run
Porch | Omlet Pet Run
Porch | Omlet Pet Run
Porch | Omlet Pet Run
Porch | Omlet Pet Run
Porch | Omlet Pet Run

Porch | Omlet Pet Run

$399.00
Partition For Omlet Pet Run | 3 Panels
Partition For Omlet Pet Run | 3 Panels
Partition For Omlet Pet Run | 3 Panels
Partition For Omlet Pet Run | 3 Panels
Partition For Omlet Pet Run | 3 Panels
Partition For Omlet Pet Run | 3 Panels

Partition For Omlet Pet Run | 3 Panels

$499.00
Partition For Omlet Pet Run | 2 Panels
Partition For Omlet Pet Run | 2 Panels
Partition For Omlet Pet Run | 2 Panels
Partition For Omlet Pet Run | 2 Panels

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Green Eglu Go House + Connection Kit - included with this purchase is the connector panel required to join the house to the Catio
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Eglu Go House + Connection Kit for Catio: Add an Eglu Go house for your pet to snuggle up in away from the rain and wind
Green Eglu Go House connected to a Walk-in Catio
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