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Jean Marie Bauhaus @JeanMarieB83

101 Things to Do With Your Cat

Cats may have a reputation for being low-key, but that doesn't mean they don't need quality time with their family. Here are 101 things to do with your cat to promote bonding and mental health, and to better enjoy your kitty.

Although cats are often thought of as low-maintenance pets, they can become irritable if not given enough stimulation. For the sake of your kitty's health and your family's overall happiness, this list of 101 things to do with your cat will get the job done:
 

  1. Teach your cat to walk on a leash. It might take some patience on your part, but this is a great way to let your indoor cat safely experience the great outdoors.
  2. Take your newly leash-trained cat to the park and explore.
  3. Trim kitty's claws. This is considered more humane than declawing and only takes minutes.
  4. Throw a birthday party for your cat.
  5. Dress your kitty up in a pet costume for Halloween.
  6. Brush your cat's fur -- especially if she has a long coat.
  7. Include your cat in family time. Let kitty curl up in your lap while you read to the kids or watch a movie together on the couch.
  8. Absorb some culture and listen to classical music with your cat.
  9. Take a catnap together and let his purring lull you to sleep.
  10. Go bird-watching together.
  11. Better yet, mount bird feeders outside a window to provide plenty of indoor bird-watching opportunities.
  12. Train kitty to be a good travel companion . . .
  13. . . . and then take a trip somewhere together.
  14. Take a break from your busy day and experience the Zen of staring out a window with Fluffy.
  15. Invite your kitty to sit on the porch with you.
  16. Spread a blanket in the backyard and soak up some sun.
  17. If her temperament's right, take kitty camping. Just don't forget the leash!
  18. Take your kitty on an RV road trip.
  19. Teach him to give a high-five.
  20. Use empty boxes and paper bags to build an indoor cat playground.
  21. Let Fluffy indulge in some catnip -- then sit back and enjoy the show.
  22. Learn to clicker train your cat and teach kitty some new tricks.
  23. Watch "cat TV" together -- stare at an aquarium. Don't have an aquarium? Try an oceanic screen saver.
  24. Hide treats or pieces of kibble around the house for your kitty to forage and find.
  25. Take your cat to work.
  26. Make a simple puzzle by hiding some treats inside a lidless plastic bottle.
  27. Plant a few pots of wheatgrass for kitty to nibble.
  28. Watch some videos for cats on YouTube.
  29. Drag a piece of string or yarn around the house for your cat to chase.
  30. Blow catnip-flavored bubbles and watch your kitty go wild.
  31. Repurpose an old T-shirt into a cat tent.
  32. Tie feathers to a string or wand and dangle it for Fluffy.
  33. Rub a slice of lunch meat on some old socks and hide them around the house for kitty to track.
  34. Know how to crochet? Make a variety of homemade cat toys.
  35. You can also make some awesome cat toys from toilet paper rolls.
  36. Play pingpong with kitty in an empty bathtub.
  37. Pick up a variety of wind-up toys for your cat. Wind them all up and let them go.
  38. Tired of scooping the litter box? Try toilet training your cat.
  39. Make a wolf tail for Fluffy to chase.
  40. Make a no-sew cat bed.
  41. Make a ribbon wand out of washi tape and a dowel rod.
  42. Bring the outdoors in -- plant a large tray of wheatgrass and place it in a sunny spot for kitty to lounge in.
  43. Make an under-the-table cat hammock.
  44. Does Fluffy love to hang out with you while you work? Place a cat-sized box on your desk to keep her off your keyboard.
  45. Turn bath time into bonding time.
  46. Teach your cat to shake hands.
  47. Install some cat-friendly apps on your phone or tablet.
  48. Plant an indoor cat garden.
  49. Make a do-it-yourself (DIY) cat scratch pad out of cardboard boxes and duct tape.
  50. Tease kitty with a laser pointer.
  51. Put on a CD of birdsongs to keep your cat entertained.
  52. Make some homemade cat treats.
  53. Wad up pieces of aluminum foil for an easy toy your cat will love to bat around.
  54. Waggle your fingers over the edge of the furniture and see if you can pull them away before your cat catches them. (You might want to trim kitty's claws first.)
  55. Move your hand under a blanket and watch your cat pounce.
  56. Line the bottom of a cat-sized basket or box with corrugated cardboard and place it in a sunny location. Kitty will love being able to scratch and lounge in the same spot.
  57. Tape or glue several empty toilet paper rolls together. Hide treats and toys in them to make a fun cat puzzle.
  58. Take Fluffy boating. Once again, don't forget the leash.
  59. Got a koi pond? Wait until winter and then let your cat go ice fishing.
  60. Read to your kitty.
  61. Sing to your cat, or serenade him with an instrument. Encourage him to sing along.
  62. Move a toy under the door and pull it back when kitty dives for it.
  63. Play hide-and-seek with a blanket.
  64. Play tag and chase each other around the house.
  65. Play a piano duet together.
  66. Better yet, teach your cat to play the guitar.
  67. Build good dental hygiene habits by brushing your kitty's teeth.
  68. Attach a large piece of old carpet to the bottom of a doorway. Kitty will love to stretch out and scratch.
  69. If you have wide windowsills, fill one with pillows for sunbathing.
  70. Include kitty in a family portrait.
  71. Unleash your kitten on a keyboard and see what kinds of crazy typing you get.
  72. Move the mouse around your screen and let your cat try to catch it.
  73. Mount inexpensive floating shelves to build a cat climbing wall.
  74. Use a human-to-cat translator app to hold a conversation with your cat.
  75. Let kitty play in a box full of packing peanuts.
  76. Spend some quality time watching Nyan Cat together . . .
  77. . . . then make a Nyan Cat costume for your cat.
  78. Listen to T.S. Eliot reading his poem, "The Naming of Cats."
  79. Give Fluffy some space to contemplate the thought of the thought of the thought of his name.
  80. Make a tiny hat for your cat.
  81. Dress kitty up for Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19.
  82. Have a photo shoot with your cat as the star attraction.
  83. Make it even better by putting your cat in a wig.
  84. Start an Instagram feed for Fluffy and make him a viral star.
  85. Do a resistance workout together.
  86. Encourage kitty to exercise with interactive toys.
  87. Take your cat for a walk around the house -- carry her food as you go and watch her follow.
  88. Enroll Fluffy in agility training.
  89. Build a homemade cat ramp for agility practice.
  90. Compete in a cat agility tournament.
  91. Mesmerize kitty with a robotic fish tank.
  92. Create a ball pit for your cat by filling a box with pingpong balls.
  93. Give your cat a cat-sized exercise wheel.
  94. Build a DIY cat tree for your kitty to climb.
  95. Take kitty to visit a nursing home.
  96. Wrap sisal rope around the legs of an Ikea Lack table for a stylish scratching post.
  97. Stack several of the Lack tables to make an easy DIY kitty condo.
  98. Take your kitty to a big-box pet store. Let him ogle the mice and parakeets.
  99. Have multiple cats? Stack Ikea doll beds to make feline bunk beds.
  100. Reward kitty with a chicken-and-tuna-flavored catsicle.
  101. Finally, nothing beats a good, old-fashioned petting session with kitty curled up in your lap.


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Do you have some tips on things to do with your cat? Let us know what we left off this list in the comments below.

Jean Marie Bauhaus is a freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared on a number of popular pet sites, including Paw Nation and The Daily Puppy. She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she and her husband share their home with several furbabies.