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Kitten gets easily bored

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lottielou7 Wed 27-Apr-16 22:02:49

Can you recommend any toys for him? His favourite game is jumping up and holding on to my leg (ouch). He's always looking for a potential toy but I buy something and he's quickly bored with it.

GerundTheBehemoth Wed 27-Apr-16 22:09:06

Have you tried a laser pointer thingy? Or Da Bird? But kittens can play just as happily with a screwed-up ball of paper as long as you get involved and flick it around the room for them to chase.

One of the tricks of playing with kittens/cats (IMHO) is to make them think the toy is going to escape. So if it's a dangly thing on a string, drag it along and behind things so the kitten has to find it. Always keep it moving away from the kitten. The more interactive you can be the better.

Fluffycloudland77 Wed 27-Apr-16 22:10:49

Variety is the key.

Ping pong balls
Bits of foil rolled into small balls
Drinking straws
Da bird
Random feathers you find near the pond
Laser pointers

Papergirl1968 Wed 27-Apr-16 22:13:04

My cat is two now and his favourite game is "helping" to change the bed! He just loves diving around under the fitted sheet...
As for toys, he loves a life size stuffed cat to wrestle with - that might save your leg. He also likes a plastic circle with balls in, which has holes for him to stick his paws in and tap them round. And also a tunnel to run through.
He's not too keen on toy mice, balls etc.
Anything around the house he could have like a hair curler, or the cardboard from a kitchen roll? Tin foil scrunched up? Ours likes to play with and bite coat hangers, and was a little sod for running off with necklaces and beads when he was little - we took them off him when we could catch him.

Papergirl1968 Wed 27-Apr-16 22:14:09

Oh yes, he loves the laser pointer. Think we got ours from Asda pet section.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Wed 27-Apr-16 22:18:51

Feather on a stick, don't leave him alone with it as the elastic can get caught round his neck.

Laser pointer- ours was 2 quid from Wilkos.

Balls- LOVES them.

Balls of wool

cozietoesie Wed 27-Apr-16 22:34:39

Good sized cardboard boxes rarely fail. smile You just leave them lying around on the floor partly open so that they can 'discover' them.

How old is he?

lottielou7 Wed 27-Apr-16 23:06:27

He's 13 weeks old. 'Da bird' looks great smile

We do have quite a variety of stuff already - I find that both he and our 1 year old cat love the crinkly silver balls.

originalmavis Wed 27-Apr-16 23:08:29

How do you know when a cat is bored?

You do realise that the more you play with them as a kitten the more nanuc they are as adults (bitter experience from having a mad cat)?

lottielou7 Thu 28-Apr-16 08:42:39

What's nanuc? Well he's more demanding than our first cat was!

cozietoesie Thu 28-Apr-16 08:48:03

I suspect that that was 'manic' having a typo moment. (The autocorrect. wink)

Remember to book him in for his snip at 4 months if his health and weight are otherwise fine. If he's already a handful, you don't need hormones added to the mix. smile

originalmavis Thu 28-Apr-16 09:01:51

'Manic' as in 'waaaaaaaaaa, jump, run, scamper, shreeed the carpet/chair arm, up the curtains, waaaaaaaaaa!'

cozietoesie Thu 28-Apr-16 09:23:03

My mother once acquired a pair of Siamese boys (littermates) who used to chase each other across the curtains. OK - they were large and heavy drapes but I still wouldn't have thought it possible if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes.

It could be worse for you, original. grin

lottielou7 Thu 28-Apr-16 09:51:35

Omg, 4 months? He's 3 months old already! You're right about that, he's already a feisty kitten.

Mouseinahole Thu 28-Apr-16 09:58:57

Here are a couple of pics of Trevor with his favourites available from Amazon. Though the tunnels were from Home Bargains and only £1:99.

cozietoesie Thu 28-Apr-16 10:14:08

I believe that 4 months is now the recommended timing if weight and health are otherwise fine. (I'll try to find you a link to guidance.) Some vets and people still hold to the old 6 month timing - regardless - but I'm mindful that Oneago's litter brother sired a litter at 5 months to the apparent consternation of his breeder.

Seniorboy's vet undertakes the op at 4 months. (On their website.) All other things being OK of course.

cozietoesie Thu 28-Apr-16 10:20:06

Here you go, lottie. You'll see that the guidance contains a further link - at the bottom - to a Cat Group Policy Statement on neutering.

ICC - Neutering your cat

lottielou7 Thu 28-Apr-16 10:38:30

Thank you cozie. I will ask about booking him in when I take him for his last injections.

Fluffycloudland77 Thu 28-Apr-16 12:25:00

My vets wanted to wait till 6 months with ours, they like them to get "cobby"


OliviaStabler Thu 28-Apr-16 12:28:51

I was advised to rotate the toys to stop kittens getting bored. Rather than leave all his toys out all the time, take some away, then a few days later, put them back and take others away.

RustyBear Thu 28-Apr-16 13:04:43

The fostered kittens I watch on webcam all love tents like these:

Though not all are as enthusiastic about them as this kitten... (second video down on the page)

lottielou7 Thu 28-Apr-16 14:31:53

Thanks for your ideas. He does seem to get quite agitated if he doesn't have stuff to do. He's a ragdoll and I always thought they weren't known for being playful - our girl isn't particularly.

cozietoesie Thu 28-Apr-16 14:48:02

He may be a ragdoll but he's also a young kitten. smile Who know but that he'll grow into a real sobersides though - they're all individuals.

cozietoesie Thu 28-Apr-16 14:48:44


RubbishMantra Thu 28-Apr-16 15:25:18

You can buy dangly toys from Zooplus, that screw into his scratching post.

There's a similar toy to Da Bird, it's called a Flying Frenzy, and the bits you clip onto them are endless. Mine like the wiggly worm best.

When little Monsieur was a kitten, he was fascinated with the printer. I still have to sprint to the printer so the document doesn't end up like confetti.

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