Your home will have been a very exciting time for your cat at Christmas – but it’s important to keep their environment enriched year-round so they stay happy and healthy.
Our vet nurses at Cat & Rabbit Care Clinic have lots of tips for stimulating activities and surroundings that encourage positive behaviour and keep your cat busy, so talk to us for ideas.
Why is environment so important?
If their living space is boring cats can become destructive or aggressive – even depressed and anxious. If your cat is acting oddly but doesn’t seem sick, they might not be getting the stimulation they need.
Signs of an under-stimulated cat
Watch out for boredom-related or stress-relieving behaviours, such as:
- Chewing inappropriate items
- Picking on other pets
- Retreating into isolation
- Compulsive behaviour
- Loss of appetite
Of course, some of these behaviours might be related to illness – so if in doubt, visit our vet nurses for advice.
How to enrich your cat’s environment
Here are some simple ideas...
- Tunnels: Cats love to hide and pounce in crinkly tunnels. And you can make your own, cost-free, using cardboard boxes.
- Places to hide: Curling up in a small space calms your cat. Good hiding places include boxes, drawers and laundry baskets. But beware of dangerous spaces such as washing machines and behind electrical appliances.
- Things to climb: Being high up lets cats oversee their territory, which makes them feel safe. Distract them from climbing things they shouldn’t with a suitable multi-perch frame.
- Outside playtime and exploration: Cats love exploring, but if you’re uncomfortable with letting yours roam freely Northampton, create a safe enclosure in your garden.
- Stimulating games: Make time for playtime to entertain your cat and help them channel any predatory behaviour. To add novelty to the new year, you could even use some of the leftover Christmas wrapping paper! If you’re unsure what’s suitable, ask us about enrichment toys .
You can always ask our vet nurses at Cat & Rabbit Care Clinic for advice about your cat’s behaviour. If you’re in any way worried, a check-up is always a good idea. Let’s make 2018 a great year all round.