Enriching Your Cat's Life

It is very important to provide both mental and physical stimulation for your cat and to provide outlets for your cat’s natural behaviors. A cat that is bored can develop stress related behaviors and can even become depressed.

Cats love to climb and are usually more comfortable up high looking down at what is going on in their world. Providing kitty climbers and furniture can provide your cat with climbing opportunities and above the ground sleeping areas. Buy some ready made or get creative and build your own. A great book to get fun ideas is The Cats’ House by Bob Walker.

Having plenty of scratching posts is important and will keep your cat from scratching your furniture. Scratching helps to keep the cats claws healthy and sharp. Cats have scent glands in the paws so scratching is also a way of marking what is theirs. Cats will often stretch and scratch when they wake up from a nap or when they are happy. There are a lot of good scratching posts you can buy or you can make your own.

Keeping your cat entertained by providing toys and playing with them, will keep them happy. Doris Dingle’s, Crafty Cat Activity Book - Games, Toys & hobbies to Keep Your Cat’s Mind Active, is a great place to start for ideas

Teach your cat to walk on a leash and harness or take him for a walk in a kitty stroller

Providing perches by windows will give your cat hours of entertainment (especially if there is a bird feeder outside) and provide sunny spots to sleep. Another option is an enclosure that sits in a window frame (like an air conditioning unit) and provides a secure space where your can get fresh air and sunshine.

If you live in a home with a back yard or even a patio or deck, there are many ways you can provide your cat with safe outdoor areas. There are plenty of “cat fence systems” you can buy to put on your existing fence or you can build your own. There are also ready made kits or plans you can buy to build outdoor enclosures. These are all great ways to provide your cat with a way to be outside safely.

Dirza and Paws-Abilities Get your cat a feline friend! They can provide each other with companionship and entertainment.

I can help you find the best way to enrich your cat’s life so they can be happy well adjusted kitties.






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