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Because Cats appear to be so independent, we often forget that they need enrichment as much as any other animal. First and foremost is the positioning of our cat’s 3 basic resources-food, water and elimination. Because cats are prey as well as predators, they feel most vulnerable when eating, drinking and eliminating. To avoid this feeling, position these resources away from areas where you cat is likely to be startled.
Scratching and climbing are natural to your cat, so rather than scolding him for climbing where he shouldn’t be, provide an appropriate space where he can do both such as a cat perch and a scratching post.
Auditory (hearing) and olfactory (smelling) stimulation can also aid in your cat’s enrichment. Turning on the radio or television and/or providing your cat with some Valerian or catnip may be just the thing he needs.
Of course, we can’t forget about the feline- human bond. Structured play and grooming are just two ways to interact with your cat. Remember, providing love and attention is a two-way street that can lead to a long and happy life for both you and your cat.