Ideas for Cat
Get Them a Dog!
Sometimes man’s best friend is also a cat’s best friend. Our dog Bailey
is the greatest baby sitter for our outdoor baby, Von VII. Now that he
is contained, he needs extra love and attention and sometimes Bailey is
the best solution!
to see a video of Bailey getting her loves from Von VII.
Try a Plexiglas bird feeder that sticks on the glass on
an outside window. Suzanne put it in a spot where her 2 kitties can sit on the
back of the couch and watch the birds feed from inches away. The birds are
safe and do not seem to even notice the kitties. Of course the kitties notice
the birds! Contributed Suzane from Austin, Texas
Go to your local sporting goods store and pick up one of those kiddy
fishing poles. It comes with a soft rubber casting plug. Fling that plug
out into the yard just in front of your kitty and reel it back in. They'll
think it's an odd-looking mouse and you'll be rolling on the ground laughing
in no time! Contributed by Michael
This idea is from a gardener, as well as a cat lover. Her cats have
so much fun being little "jungle kitties" in among the plants, that they
don’t see much point in going to the front. Kitties may be happier if they
have some "undergrowth" to lurk in! Contributed
by Jan S.
The best cat toy we've found is a plastic
critter cage or other transparent, slippery-sided box with a half dozen or so
crickets in it. The crickets don't seem to mind the occasional buffering of
their cage, and sing and live contentedly; while the cat never seems to tire
of his unsuccessful chases after those enticingly moving bugs. Contributed by Janet S.
a Mouse Toy Wind Chime!
Hang toys from tree branches or a pole. And put bird feeders outside
of the fence, but in areas where cats can see them. Also, one of our cat's
favorite toys is my husband's golf flag. Solomon also steals the golf balls
as often as he can. They are pretty hard to pick up so his soccer style
batting has gotten pretty good. Contributed by Susan M.
Them Some Kitty TV's!
For example, each of the wooden fences in our yard have
small holes drilled at regular intervals at about kitty-eye height. These
kitty TVs keep them busy for hours watching the activities in the back
alley or down at the end of the driveway. As cats or other critters travel
down the alley behind our house, it is not unusual to see 2, or sometimes
even 3, kitties lined up, each at their own little porthole, following
Find A High Spot!
There is a nice fig tree in the center of the yard, far enough away from
the fence so that the cats can't leap from the tree over the fence. We
have nailed a platform high in the tree. In the winter, this kitty tree
house becomes a place to stare over the walls. In the summer, when the
leaves are full, they often hide out on the platform, seeking the cool
of the shade or attempting to catch the birds and bugs that come to feast
on the figs.
Plant Kitty Friendly Grass!
You know how much kitty like to munch on things. Fill their space with
good things for them to chew on. Contributed
Little Von VII literally dances around the yard when the butterflies
come. Our fig tree also attracts big flying bugs and lots of birds.
Give Them Lots Of
Check out the local landscaping yard for things that will give them
different levels to climb and hide on. Just be careful not to place these
things too close to the fence, or your cats will use them to escape. Contributed
Create Hiding Places! Provide
What about using a hollow tree trunk or something similar so they can
play hide and seek. Look through the garage for interesting things for
them to play with. Make sure what you choose is safe, but use your imagination!
Contributed by Liz
Well, OK, not exactly everywhere, but many cats like water. We got
an e-mail telling us about a kitten and her fascination for the Barbie
Swimming Pool. So, how about making your cats a little fish pond. They
would love to see little fish skittering around. Float some things on the
surface. Contributed by Steve
Get Outside And Play With Them!
Here's an idea that needs you ... and a flashlight. Pan the flashlight
beam around the yard and see if any of your cats like to chase it! We do
much the same thing with our water hose for the dog. She will chase that
stream of water for hours if we could keep it up that long. Contributed
Build Them A Big
Using 12" diameter heating ducts you can make them an interesting
play place. By using the elbows, you can make all sorts of weird shapes
both snaking around on the ground or, even going up and down. Contributed