Ideas to entertain your cat. Scratching allowed!
She lazily jumps off the bed, stretches her limbs, and yawns dramatically. Then she slips lightly around the corner, probably headed to sharpen her nails on the edge of your favorite couch or chair. No, we aren't talking about your strange roommate, we're talking cats. While they certainly are elegant and lovable, they can really wreak havoc if they're bored. If you care about the status your furnishings and walls, you might want to take some notes on the following ideas that could help save your worldly belongings.
1. Cut holes of different sizes in the lid of a plastic container (tupperware for instance) and fill it with cat treats and toys. Voilà — you have the perfect cat toy that will entertain your furry friend for hours. Make sure you cut the holes large enough for paws to fit through and that there are no sharp edges!
2. Good ol' IKEA hanging compartments are great for storing stuffed toys as well as cozy kittens. Whether hanging or flat on the floor, your cats will love playing in the various compartments.
3. Think outside the box: baskets and boxes hung on the wall make great cat hiding places.
4. If you glue a piece of carpet to a wooden board and hang it on the wall, your four-legged friend will have the purrfect scratching post.
5. Offset bookshelves create a ladder and invite your cats to reach new heights. Place some pillows and blankets at the top and your cat will be thrilled with the new view.
6. Attach fabric between shelves to add even more excitement, but make sure the cloth is well secured!
7. Create an auto-petting machine for when you don't feel like doing the hard work of cuddling. Attach brushes to chair or table legs to create a DIY kitty massage.
8. Wrap a bar stool with twisted sisal and it will become a cat scratch paradise.
9. Try it on table legs as well! Your little tiger will love sharpening its claws or rubbing its ears on this.
10. Christmas time brings lots of packages. Instead of throwing them away, cut them into wide strips, roll them together, and tape them to form a jelly roll. Just what your cat wanted!
You might have to invest a little time and effort, but if you want to rescue your furniture, it's definitely worth it. Not only that, your kitten will be grinning from ear to ear and will provide some good material for a viral cat video!