You may think your cat in independent, but it turns out they need you — and enrichment — just as much as dogs do!
Just remember: every cat is unique. One cat may love catnip, while the next doesn’t think it’s all that great. Take time to figure out what your cat loves. Here are some ideas to get you going:
- Cat pheromone: Spray cat pheromone (lightly!) on your cat’s bedding and furniture. One commonly used brand is Feliway; it’s a synthetic copy of the feline facial pheromone, which is used by cats to mark their territory as safe and secure.
- Cat furniture: Provide cat furniture for climbing and romping. You can buy ready-made cat trees and other furniture that range in cost from cheap to expensive, but it doesn’t have to be expensive. Some cats are just as happy with cardboard boxes and paper bags to investigate and play in.
- Catnip: To treat your cat to fresh catnip, grow it yourself. Try catnip-filled toys, too.
- Cat drinking fountain: Buy your cat a drinking fountain if she likes to drink running water from the faucet.
- Bird music: Buy a CD of bird sounds to play for brief periods of time.
- Bird feeder: Place a bird feeder outside a window where your cat can watch the birds.
- Feline window perch: To offer your cat a better view and a spot to sunbathe, buy a window perch (available at pet supply stores) or make one yourself.
- Interacting with your cat: Find out if your cat likes petting, being carried around, being gently combed or brushed. We also recommend at least one play session with your cat per day.
- Reading to your cat: Read aloud or sing to your cats, and have your children join in.