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Indoor Cats: The Importance of Environmental Enrichment


Topics | Indoor Cats
Posted | April 15, 2019

Domestic cats are interesting animals. There are very few other creatures that are both predator and prey in the natural world, and this dual-role makes housing a cat in your home a little tricky.

Feral cats and domesticated outside cats spend much of their time hunting and exploring ever-changing environments. These activities are both physically and emotionally stimulating, engaging all five of the cat’s senses.

Though there are numerous reasons to keep cats predominantly or exclusively indoors (communicable diseases, parasites, and physical harm to name a few), we must consider how to satisfy their natural requirements for environmental stimulation and hunting behavior. If these needs are not addressed many issues can arise, including behavioral problems — destructive behaviors and excessive grooming, among others — and health problems like obesity.

When implementing an enrichment program to your cat’s environment, remember to change things up regularly. This can mean rotating toys or just changing the location of food, treats or stationary toys. Here are a few ideas to help get you started:

  • Provide a large stuffed animal (at least half the size of your cat) for your cat to attack.
  • Cut holes in a cardboard box and hide toys or treats inside for your cat to find.
  • Make or buy a batting toy by securely attaching a toy to a string at the end of a stick that can be held by you or hung from something.
  • Use a Kong, feeding cube or other similar system to enrich your cat’s feeding time, allowing them to forage for food.
  • Provide cat grass for your cat to graze upon.
  • Provide shelves or climbing areas for your cat as they enjoy being up high.

Get creative with household items — just make sure that they are safe and free of loose items that your cat may accidentally swallow!


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Indoor Cats: The Importance of Environmental Enrichment


Topics | Indoor cats
Posted | April 15, 2019



Domestic cats are interesting animals. There are very few other creatures that are both predator and prey in the natural world, and this dual-role makes housing a cat in your home a little tricky.

Feral cats and domesticated outside cats spend much of their time hunting and exploring ever-changing environments. These activities are both physically and emotionally stimulating, engaging all five of the cat’s senses.

Though there are numerous reasons to keep cats predominantly or exclusively indoors (communicable diseases, parasites, and physical harm to name a few), we must consider how to satisfy their natural requirements for environmental stimulation and hunting behavior. If these needs are not addressed many issues can arise, including behavioral problems — destructive behaviors and excessive grooming, among others — and health problems like obesity.

When implementing an enrichment program to your cat’s environment, remember to change things up regularly. This can mean rotating toys or just changing the location of food, treats or stationary toys. Here are a few ideas to help get you started:

  • Provide a large stuffed animal (at least half the size of your cat) for your cat to attack.
  • Cut holes in a cardboard box and hide toys or treats inside for your cat to find.
  • Make or buy a batting toy by securely attaching a toy to a string at the end of a stick that can be held by you or hung from something.
  • Use a Kong, feeding cube or other similar system to enrich your cat’s feeding time, allowing them to forage for food.
  • Provide cat grass for your cat to graze upon.
  • Provide shelves or climbing areas for your cat as they enjoy being up high.

Get creative with household items — just make sure that they are safe and free of loose items that your cat may accidentally swallow!


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