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Entertaining Your Cat

Did you know that cats can get bored? Even the sleepiest furball can’t spend all her time napping. Entertainment and enrichment are very important for our feline pals. Kitties can get quite stressed and unhappy with no stimulation! In this article, a London, ON vet offers tips on entertaining Fluffy.

Exploring

Cats are notoriously curious, and love to investigate things and explore nooks and crannies. Give Fluffy things like to examine and explore, like paper grocery bags, cardboard boxes, and newspaper tunnels.

Toys

Kitties are hunters in the wild, and love to chase and pounce on things. Keep your adorable little huntress supplied with plenty of toys to smack under the couch. Classic catnip mice are fine, but Fluffy may also enjoy something more modern, like an automated laser pointer or robotic mouse. Rotate the toys regularly, so your furry pal doesn’t get bored with them.

Games

Did you know that you can download games for your phone or tablet just for Fluffy to play? Let your furball try her paw at ‘catching’ digital fish or mice!

Playtime

Playthings are important, but as far as Fluffy is concerned, the best toy around is you. We aren’t suggesting letting your cat attack you, of course: that’s just bad petiquette! However, it is important to take time to play with your furry friend regularly. Use toys that you can control, like a laser pointer or wand toy. This will make playtime more challenging—and therefore more fun—for your frisky pet.

View

Make sure Fluffy has access to at least one window with a good view. Put an ottoman or a pet bed before it, to give her a comfy napping spot. This will let your kitty combine three of her favorite things: birdwatching, relaxing, and sunbathing.

Cat TV

Fluffy may also enjoy watching programs made for kitties. Some of our feline buddies really enjoy watching documentaries about birds and mice. Give it a try!

Plants

Set out some pet-safe plants for Fluffy to nibble on and hide behind. This will let your kitty enjoy a taste of the Great Outdoors, without exposing her to any of the risks cats face outside. You can find a list of nontoxic plants online at the ASPCA website here.

Is your cat due for a veterinary appointment? Please contact us, your local London, ON vet clinic, anytime. We are here to help!

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