|How to Enrich Your Cat’s Life|
How to Enrich Your Cat’s Life
When we get pets, we first think about our own amusement: having a four-legged friend seems to be fun. Owners spend a few minutes per day with their cats, but the rest of the time, animals are left to themselves. They can quickly get bored, which results in damage to the surrounding objects, nasty temper, depression, and emotional withdrawal from the owner.
In this post you will find how to enrich your dog’s life; cats have different temperaments and we should treat them differently. If you want to make your cat’s life brighter and full of emotions and impressions, there are a lot of ways to entertain it. In this guide, I come up with a few exciting options that will bring joy to both your pet and you. By enriching your cat’s life, you can reap multiple advantages:
● Encourage its mental and physical development;
Without further ado, let’s review the best ways of keeping a pet entertained.
Thus, a cat can enjoy the feeling of walking outdoors without actually leaving the house. A catio is a place where it can rest, play, exercise, and enjoy any other physical activity. You can also leave the favorite toys there – they will help establish a positive connection with this place from the very beginning.
If you don’t have a house, you can organize a catio on an apartment balcony. Install shelves and a multi-level cat house inside, don’t forget about a scratcher and heat insulation. Also, make sure the windows stay closed, and your cat is safe.
YouTube for cats
Watching videos not only entertains your cat but also distracts it from sadness and some bad habits. It provides new emotions and impressions, not mentioning that it’s fun for people to watch.
Also, there are ‘Catching Mice’ online games available: just start the video and watch your cat playing. But make sure the TV set is stable enough and won’t fall on your pet!
Give your cat a beautiful view
Alternatively, you can install a bird feeder behind the window. Your pet will have fun watching birds, and, probably, try to catch them. Once again, I repeat that safety is the priority: make sure your cat won’t jump out, and the window is closed tightly.
How can all that be helpful for your cat?
● It’s exciting and entertaining;
Make playing with your cat a habit
● Maintenance of physical activity and healthy weight. Even 20 minutes of exercise will help your cat burn calories and boost metabolism. Do not simply throw cat’s toys around – they rarely encourage playing. Instead, you have to make sure your cat stays active by being involved. It will help you prevent cat’s obesity and depression.
Train your cat
You can check YouTube videos and follow animal bloggers to get some general recommendations. In most cases, it helps. Be patient and keep rewarding the cat – it will do the trick sooner or later.
Please, note that the cat should never be punished or forced during training. Going physical or showing aggression will make training a real nightmare for a cat – the revenge will follow, don’t doubt that. Your main goal here is to give your cat a small mental exercise that would diversify its being.
In a word
I hope that the activities mentioned above will prove to be useful for your pets. By experiencing new emotions and having new experiences, a cat maintains intelligence and psychological health – it’s a fact. So keep your furry friend engaged in the life around and let it share the happiness with you.
Jimmie O’Chutt is a father of Ronnie - a cat with a chronic impaired kidney function. He has 25 years of experience owning a cat. He shares valuable tips on CatPet - a blog about cat nutrition and care.