A lot of people want an intelligent cat as a companion. But there’s only one problem with that… they get bored quickly, and they get into trouble! And since they’re so smart, they can come up with some really creative ways to get into things or misbehave.
Intelligent cats are lots of fun, but they’re also more work than cats that maybe aren’t so bright. The basic key to making the most out of your relationship with your smart kitty is keeping their mind occupied. And honestly, the best way to do that is to spend quality time being active with your cat.
There are lots of cat toys out there, and apps for your iPad. Cat trees near windows overlooking over bird feeders. Cat scratchers in various shapes and sizes. All cats need some variation on these, no matter how many brain cells they have firing. But smarter cats need you to go the extra mile. They want you to get involved with their activities.
So schedule time with your cat for interactive play sessions. Come up with fun games for your cat. Intelligent cats will often play fetch, although some enjoy watching you do the fetching!
Really smart cats would benefit from training sessions. Learning simple tricks like High Five or Shake Paws is fun for both you and your cat. Teaching a cat to jump on a chair and stay is actually useful. If properly rewarded they might even keep you company on the chair instead of jumping on the dining table or kitchen counter.
The busier you keep your cat, the less inclined they will be to get into trouble — and you two will also have a fuller and happier relationship!
Here’s a quick video where my human and I explain the value of keeping intelligent cats occupied.
Other posts you’ll enjoy:
- How to Bond With Your Cat — 8 Tips
- Trick Practice… and a Little Goofing Off
- Tips for Teaching Your Kitten (or Adult Cat) to Come When Called