Most of our cats, including mine, are indoor cats. We presume they have a comfortable and happy life. However, a truly happy cat is stimulated by their environment. Cats need to be able to express their instincts on a daily basis.
Cats are explorers and predators. We need to provide ways for our indoor cats to act on their instincts. So, how do we do that?
A lack of adequate playtime can increase a cats stress level. It is important to spend one on one playtime to keep a cat happy. This social interaction is important to their well-being.
Some cats appreciate a predatory eating experience. You can use a “puzzle”feeder to stimulate hunting food.
3. VERTICAL SPACES
Cats naturally desire high places that they can reach by climbing. Cat trees, perches, and tree furniture can allow cats to climb to fulfill that instinct.
If you or someone you know is handy, you can create an outdoor enclosure or living space for your cat.
5. INDOOR HIDING REFUGE
Most cats like their own hiding spot where they feel safe and secure. You can create a spot with boxes, cat condos, and cubes.
With a little time and creativity, we can provide a safe, comfortable, stimulating and enriched environment for our cats. For other ideas visit Ohio State University Indoor Cat Initiative. https://indoorpet.osu.edu/cats