Fun for indoor cats

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Here are some suggestions on how to stimulate and enrich an indoor cat’s environment. SCRATCHING POST –  One is not enough for an indoor cat. Put one in each room. Try mixing the rope covered ones with the cardboard paper ones. At least one should be upright high enough for the cat to scratch at full height standing on its hind legs.

Remember the more torn and ragged the surface, the nicer it is for the cat.

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Spray with catnip spray, if your cat needs encouragement. Consider buying one with a carpet lined hidey hole higher up. Cats are particularly fond of being high up. Position it so the cat can see out of the window.

HIGH PLACES

Cats like looking down on us. Supply shelves to sit on at various heights, with different textures – fleece, carpet, rush matting. You can put little shelves up to a high shelf, using small pieces of shelf, so they can leap up one by one. For descent there should be enough shelf to go down in jumps of 45 degrees and 120 cm distance. The surface must not be slippery. This is almost as good as having their own tree indoors.

HIDING PLACES

Cats like to hide. Supply cardboard boxes and large paper bags (plastic ones aren’t safe). Cut holes in the boxes.

TOYS

These don’t have to be expensive. Corks from wine bottles, scrunched up paper balls, homemade stuffed mice etc are all good toys. Grow catnip and stuff them with it. Keep them light and easy to move about. A dried broad bean on a wood surface makes a good toy. Dangle ropes (hemp not plastic) from a hook in the ceiling. Cardboard boxes with holes to get into. Newspapers to tear.  Ping pong balls. Suspend toys from a string.

Bought toys include crinkle bags, fur covered mice, etc. The shape (ie like a mouse etc) won’t influence the cat as much as its texture and ability to be moved around.

 


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