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According to the Drake Center for Veterinary Care, while cats confined to an indoor environment generally live longer and are at less risk for contracting infectious diseases or injuries due to trauma, they are at greater risk for a variety of behavioral problems. These problems include litter box issues, anxiety, eating disorders, aggression, self-injury and compulsive disorders like excessive grooming and scratching. Providing an enriched environment can increase activity, decrease mental stagnation and prevent many of these issues.
All cats need mental stimulation, but this is especially important for indoor cats. An enriched environment will give cats the opportunity to create their own positive experiences in an enclosed space. The goal is to “create an environment of plenty” for your cat. That includes plenty of things to do. A cat’s need to scratch is instinctive. It helps them to sharpen and remove the dead outer layer of their claws, stretch and flex their bodies and work off energy.
Toys and regular playtime are part of providing your cat with a stimulating environment. The shelf-life of cat toys in our home seems to be very short since Baylie Dog took up residence. If you share your home with both a cat and a dog, you will understand. Dogs love to abscond with the cat’s toys. It becomes their quest in life. They live to steal which means we replenish our cat items quite frequently.
We’ve assembled a few of our favorite Items that one lucky reader will win. Easy entry for the Cat Bundle Giveaway in the below Rafflecopter.
Tickle Pickle by Tipsy Nip™ Organic Catnip Products – Tickle Gherkins are stuffed with 100% Eye Crossing, High Potency Organic Tipsy Nip™ (Catnip) NO POLLY FILLERS. JUST 100% NIP! Smoki loves her Tickle Pickle and so will your cats!
SPOT Brand Ethical Pet Products Colorful Springs. Your cat will love batting around these tempting springs.
Catit Style Jungle-Striped Lounge by Hagen: Corrugated catnip infused scratching surface, helps protect furniture from claw damage. Smoki’s first order of the day after waking is scratching on her lounger.