Believe it or not, cats are often bored just like us humans, although they don’t make it as obvious. Most adult cats will spend an average of around 15 hours a day just napping, so it can be pretty tricky to figure out if your feline friend is going about their usual routine or is actually bored out of their mind.
So how can you tell the difference? And how can you help? In this post, you’ll read about the 5 signs that indicate your cat is bored, and what you can do to help.
Is your cat bored? 5 signs of kitty boredom
First thing first, I want to clarify that if your cat started to act differently than usual and you are worried about them, it is best to first check with the vet. If the kitty is healthy, then it could be that your cat is bored which caused their behavior to change. Maybe they just need something more in their life to entertain them and keep them occupied.
Keep in mind that, while all of these are signs of boredom, boredom doesn’t necessarily have to be the reason. Just like us humans, 100 cats have 100 different personalities so some cats might do the following things because they are lonely, or they don’t like the other cat or they have a separation anxiety etc. But boredom is also a common reason for this type of behavior. So keep on reading and check if your cat might be bored.
#1 Messing up the house and picking fights
This is one of the most notorious cat behaviors out there. You know how it goes:
- scattering shredded toilet paper everywhere,
- scratching furniture (even if they have a scratch post),
- knocking stuff down from shelves,
- pouncing on lamps,
- chasing other pets around and fighting with them.
Most of the time, this is just your kitty’s way of showing that they need some stimulating activity – and probably some company too.
When you go around cleaning up their mess, the cats actually see that as spending time together, and in their heads, that makes all the damage worthwhile. A lot of cat owners just get angry, without ever realizing that the pet is just asking their human to give them some loving attention.
#2 Eating too much or too little
Just like people, cats sometimes deal with boredom by changing their mealtime habits. They might start eating too much just to have something to do, or they completely ignore their food, because even that is way too boring.
You can try and prevent this by keeping your kitty’s diet diverse (maybe ask your vet for a recommendation), and ensuring it has some kind of indoor activity if you don’t have an outdoor condo for them to walk or play in.
Do keep an eye on how the cat behaves around their food bowl because improper eating can damage your pet’s health.