Did You Know?
It's a common myth that cats sleep all day while you're gone. Cats are actually highly intelligent
and need mental stimulation
to be happy. A bored cat can become destructive, and you certainly don't want that!
To keep your cats mentally stimulated, fill their environment with lots of things that appeal to their natural tendencies
. Cats need to be able to:
- scratch on things
- hunt for prey
- figure out puzzles
By providing things in their environment that help them do these things, you'll be keeping them healthier.
One of my cats, for example, likes to knock his crunchies out of the bowl and chase them around the kitchen floor before eating them. He's exhibiting normal feline hunting behavior
in doing this. It expends energy and helps him keep fit. And it's awfully fun to watch, as well! He may be an ideal candidate for a treat dispensing toy.
Jackson Galaxy talks a lot about this on his "My Cat From Hell" TV show. As he helps his clients change the behavior of cats they think are misbehaving, his term is to "catify
" their homes, making them friendlier places for their cats. While it's not essential that you line all your walls with cat walks, you do need to provide some places specifically designed for your cats to get up off the floor, to hide, and to play safely.
Train your cats on where they're supposed to play, and which places are "not a kitty place." Move kitty's toys around some from time to time so they're constantly facing a new challenge; some modular cat play systems are specifically designed to do this.
Enriching your cats' environment will not only make them happier, you'll
also be happier that they're not destroying your furniture and knocking Grandma's vase off the shelves!
Keep those kitties happy!