In my previous blog I talked about enriching our dog’s environment. Let’s look at how we can do this for our cats.  For indoor cats it is vital that we provide lots of things for them to do, that will use up energy and be mentally stimulating at the same time. We don’t take our cats out walking like we do with our dogs so we need to make sure they get some sort of physical exercise or they will become fat and lazy! You can walk a cat on a harness, but you have to be very careful where you go. If you have a backyard, give it a try.

Photo courtesy of kaboodle.com

Cat Gyms are a great investment as they give your cat a climbing outlet and they can use the scratchy post pieces for sharpening their claws on, instead of doing it on your furniture! If you live in a small apartment and don’t have room for a big cat gym there are plenty of smaller versions to choose from be they upright or horizontal.

Photos courtesy of catsplay.com and coolforcatsuk.com

Instead of putting your cat’s food in a bowl try feeding them their dry food in either a slow release food dispenser or something similar. I feed my cats their dry food using a Dog Maize every day.

There are other great ways to get your kitty to work for their dinner. Here are some examples.

1. Meeko & Mia using the SENSES Maize | 2. Kong Wobbler for cats | 3. You can fill this box with toys or dry food

I always offer fresh cat grass and mint. The vast majority of cats, although they are true carnivors, love cat grass and there are some who go mad for the mint. There are several theories as to why cats like to eat cat grass and I tend to agree with the theory that it may help with the passing of hairballs. It seems to assist the cat to either vomit them up or acts as a mild laxative.

I haven’t met a cat yet that doesn’t love the cat tunnel! Someone made a fortune when they invented these. Every cat should have one.

Make your cat a hammock. You can hang them up inside the home or outside in the garden.

My cat Meeko loves hanging out in his!

Set aside time to play with your cat for 10 – 15 minutes per day. Dangling toys on sticks are great for this sort of activity. There is a huge variety of these sorts of toys available in pet stores and online, or if you have time you can be creative, cut costs and make your own. These sorts of games are not only fun, they nurture the bond between you and your cat and wear them out at the same time!

Before you recycle your cardboard boxes put them out for your cats to play in. They also love getting into cloth and paper bags. Keep your cats busy – they will love you for it!

1. Mia sitting in my tax receipts box.

2. Photo courtesy of hollydietor.blogspot.com

3. Photo courtesy of spaceg.com | 4. Photo courtesy of justcatsanddogs.com

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