Cats may be more or less active (often described as being a lazy cat or sleepy cat), dependent on their temperament. They can also slow their activity levels while getting older.
However, some medical conditions may be the cause for your cat’s decreased activity. Rule out any medical issues with a visit to the vet. Find your nearest vet.
Your cat may suffer from boredom or frustration if insufficiently stimulated in their daily life and environment. For example lack of play sessions with the owner, lack of toys to prey on while being home alone, lack of climbing areas within the home for indoor only cats, etc can be the causes for insufficient physical and mental activity.
This is a form of chronic stress and is difficult to recognize. It can develop over a long period of time and present as relatively subtle signs, such as increased resting or feigned sleep, hiding.
Using a Feliway Diffuser will help with keeping your cat feeling safe and confident, and encourage them to be more playful and overall, more active. The reason for this stress however, needs to be identified, although not necessarily obvious nor easy to detect. This will allow you to understand what seems to upset your cat and you can take this into account in the modifications implemented to help you cat.
Plug in a Feliway Diffuser to your cat’s favourite room for at least 30 days. Some cats may benefit from permanent use of Feliway. Replace with Feliway Refills as required.
Cats feel less stress when they are able to climb or play. Provide shelves, cat trees, scratching posts, or perches in high places.
Provide toys, regularly rotated to create novelty. Try to play every day with your cat, even for very short periods of time.
Use puzzle feeders to stimulate your cat and keep them active. This will also ultimately prevent over-eating from boredom.
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