The great boredom debate

There are many ongoing debates in our house. You would assume that as parents to young children, there would be the odd disagreement over how to bring them up.

I understand that it is important to stand together and present a united front. We must cater for the needs of our children, but also our own needs as parents. 

We have a certain standard of discipline that we must both enforce. 

Sometimes, all children will ask the other parent when they don’t get what they want. But unfortunately, we sometimes just don’t know all the answers. 

And one of the eternal issues in this family is boredom. 

We do our best to provide food, warmth, shelter, comfort and activities. So it can sometimes become a little irritating when all that goes unnoticed in favour of boredom. 

So, you’ve played with bubbles, played the tambourine, run ragged around the house, tripped us up, played with a ball and pestered everybody else that lives here. 

You have had food and water, love and attention. You have stopped me from working and forbidden us all from doing anything that doesn’t involve you.

You have watched, stared, turned your back on us and made it known in every conceivable way that you are bored. 

And yes, you have finally driven a rift between myself and my husband. A couple who have stood hitherto united in parenthood are now seated at opposite ends of the sofa, debating the eternal question. 

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Do cats get bored? 

In my humble opinion, the answer is clear. Cats are entirely capable of being bored. In fact, a bored cat is rather a dangerous animal to have around the house. 

The thing with cats is that when they don’t get enough exercise, they might well maul somebody. But it’s never going to make national news. 

So people like my husband go through life believing that cats don’t get bored. 

So in the great cat debate, please allow me to present the evidence for the prosecution. 

1. Cats get bored and kill things.

Just ask mice, frogs, squirrels or birds. 

2. Cats get bored and steal things.

Just ask my daughters. Or any other child who has lost their toys to a bored cat.

Or, as it happens, my husband. He will be presenting the case for the defence later, without his squash balls – the cat stole them. 

3. Cats get bored and hurt people

Ask anyone who has tried to stroke a cat that wanted to play. 

4. Cats get bored and pick fights.

They will not rest until the battle is won. Ask the dog. 

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5. Cats get bored and cause arguments.

This blog post is evidence in itself. 

And the case for the defence?

“Cats don’t get bored, everyone knows that.”

Does your cat suffer from boredom? I’ve never known one that didn’t. 

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13 Comments

  1. monsterid March 30, 2015 / 9:09 pm

    Haha I couldn’t agree more Susanne 😉

  2. March 31, 2015 / 10:12 am

    All animals get bored, hence the effort that goes in to providing enrichment for captive animals.
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  3. Izzie Anderton
    March 31, 2015 / 1:04 pm

    Ours most definitely has tactics when she feels as though her needs aren’t being met…
    1. Sitting on the laptop/ newspaper.
    2. Miaowing pitifully until you stop whatever you’re doing and give her your undivided attention.
    3. Taking a swipe if you have the audacity to walk past her without dishing out some kind of greeting.
    Do cats get bored? Absolutely.
    Maybe you need to turn this one over to the cat community on Twitter for a debate.
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    • monsterid March 31, 2015 / 2:25 pm

      Thank you Izzie, your cat sounds like quite a character! And a debate seems like a great idea. I think we all know the answer though 😉

  4. Diane
    April 1, 2015 / 10:43 am

    I’m a dog person these days so can’t really speak to cats specifically but I think, like humans, we all get bored sometimes. For some of us, it’s a problem and we start to annoy others and sometimes we occupy ourselves or just take a nap (like when my dog is home alone, she’ll sleep and not get into trouble). But if she was left home alone all day every day, maybe she’d become destructive. It depends on the person/animal. I think it’s human (and animal) nature to get bored sometimes. But as long as it doesn’t last, it’s no big deal!
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    • monsterid April 1, 2015 / 11:04 pm

      Yes I think you’re right, I think it’s an affliction that all species suffer with. When we had two dogs, the mischief that boredom used to lead them to when we were out at work was unbelievable sometimes!x

  5. April 1, 2015 / 7:20 pm

    Yep I think they do……. like in my post I think she does it due to boredom LOL 🙂

    • monsterid April 1, 2015 / 11:00 pm

      Yes, your Minnie definitely sounds very similar to Jamer in the bored cat stakes 😉

  6. April 2, 2015 / 11:00 am

    Oh dear – puts head above parapet and says “No, cats don’t get bored!”
    For Henry that is because it would involve too much energy. Henry is a very lazy cat.
    For Foggy, Fumée and Firkin it’s because there is just so much to do here at Eco-Gites and so many people to stroke them that they don’t have time to get bored!

    Thank you for linking up with #AnimalTales even if we have to agree to disagree 😉
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    • monsterid April 2, 2015 / 9:30 pm

      Thank you Rosie, I think your cats are very lucky! Jamer would love to live somewhere that she didn’t have time to get bored! I’ll pack her suitcase, do you have room for one more?? 😉

  7. April 2, 2015 / 12:52 pm

    Haha, cats definitely get bored. My cat used to come for some attention, then when she was bored of it she’d either bite you (gently)or slap you. Was interesting growing up with a cat like that! I have also had cat bum in my face many a time while trying to do work.

    Yet I still can’t wait to get a cat now I’m a grown up!
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    • monsterid April 2, 2015 / 9:29 pm

      Hahaha your comment made me chuckle so much! Predominantly because I’m deleting spam comment after spam comment and almost automatically deleted the one about a cat’s bum! But then I read it properly and realised you were making a very valid point! I hope you get your cat soon.xx

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