How to stimulate your indoor cat
Enriching your cat's kingdom and keep her happy
In today's world, your cat's lifestyle has significantly evolved in that she often lives indoors, and no longer needs to hunt to feed herself. Both of these changes encourage a more sedentary lifestyle that are far from the levels of physical activity your dynamic friend would naturally carry out.
Although your cat does not require expansive living spaces, she does, however, need an enriched environment where she is able to find plenty of stimulation to play, hide, explore, climb, scratch, mark, observe and, of course, sleep. You can quite easily achieve such a stimulus-rich environment by exploiting your vertical indoor space with the use of cat trees, cat ropes and other elevated furniture, such as window shelves or tall closets. And beyond the physical stimulation of climbing, your cat will love being able to watch people, objects and small animals from a vantage point, thereby enhancing both her psychological and physiological wellbeing!
Staying on the ball to get your cat active
Enabling your cat to act out her natural instincts, such as her predatory behaviours, is very important for her wellbeing. With this in mind, the ideal setup would be to provide your cat with open access to a safe outdoors space where she is free to hunt and play to her heart’s content. If your immediate outdoor surroundings are safe, then we would recommend that you allow your cat unrestricted access. However, if that is not the case, then you may wish to consider building some form of enclosure so as to enable your cat to benefit from outdoor stimulation in a safe environment.
A word from Anne-Claire Gagnon, Feline behaviourist: - “Physical exercise brought on by exploring and playing has multiple benefits that go beyond energy expenditure and burning calories, and contribute to overall wellbeing: it increases mental stimulation, improves muscle mass, and therefore enhances your cat's metabolism, it enhances mobility and blood flow, and, when playing in your company, it naturally reinforces her bond with you.”