Wall shelves, cat skyways and other climbing/perching additions can be added to the interior environment. Depending on your budget, you can purchase sturdy walkways or construct some of your own. Cats love elevation and if you increase your cat’s vertical territory you can give him more opportunities to climb, play and view his domain.
Some cats don’t adjust well to how the house suddenly gets dark and quiet at night. If you think your cat may be reacting to the lack of activity in the night, leave a radio playing in the main part of the house, use nightlights or put lights on timers.
Remember, your cat naturally seeks stimulation and activity so make sure he’s getting adequate environmental enrichment and don’t skimp on your daily interactive play therapy sessions.
The bottom line is to ignore the behavior you don’t want but also set your cat up to succeed by recognizing his natural, normal needs and creating opportunities for him.
If you have a question about your cat’s behavior, you can find information in the articles on our website as well as in Pam’s books. If you have a question regarding your cat’s health, please contact your veterinarian. This article is not intended as a replacement for your cat’s veterinary care.