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Entertain Your Crazy Cat

A lot of the time cats entertain themselves or sleep. They mostly sleep. But what should you do if you have a young energetic one in your house? They can become quite destructive if they get bored. They will scratch on your furniture, tear up your blinds, shades and curtains trying to look out the windows. They will jump up on the counters and get on the top of bookshelves, TV stands and other places that you would rather them not be.

What can you do about it? It does take some creativity but it can be done.

Look for sales on toys at the pet shops. A great time to find items is right after a holiday when they mark all the holiday items down. Your cats won't care if they are playing with Christmas toys in January. Stock up during those sales.

Crinkle balls are great. They bat them around and chase after them. Those toys that kind of look like a fishing pole with a toy on the end are awesome. You can hold it and just wave it around while you are watching TV. Cats go crazy over them.

Cardboard cat scratchers are very popular and cheap. Buy several and put them around your house. Your cats will use those instead of your furniture. If they are a little unsure of them at first, just sprinkle some cat nip on them.

Do you have an old bookshelf that you're not using anymore? If it has a back, remove it. Put a soft little blanket on one shelf. You can buy some rope at the hardware store and hot glue it around the side of the shelves for them to scratch on. Place the new cat shelf in front of a window. Don't forget to lift the blinds so they can sit up there and look out.

A good thing to do is put that shelf in front of a window that looks out on your porch or deck. Then put bird seed and squirrel food out there to attract some free entertainment for your cat to watch.

Make or buy another item that your cat can sit on and put it in another room by another window. They like to have different views.

If you don't want your cat on certain things, window sills etc....if you put a piece of upside down tape there, it will stop them from getting on it. Just be sure to provide them lots of places in front of opened blinds where they are allowed to sit.

Pinterest is a great place to get ideas about DIY cat toys, beds, trees....anything your cat could want.

It takes a little effort but it is not expensive and you can keep your cat entertained so he/she doesn't tear your house to shreds.

Image courtesy of amenic181 at Free Digital Photos.


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