Every Cat Needs Some Entertainment
Posted April 20, 2017
Cats are curious creatures that love to run,
climb, hunt, and play. Providing entertainment and activities for
your cat keeps them healthier and helps reduce unwanted
Dr. Sarah Griffin, a lecturer at the Texas A&M College of
Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explained the
importance of providing your pet with plenty of exercise and mental
“Indoor cats live longer, healthier lives but can develop
undesirable habits if not given enough exercise and mental
stimulation,” Griffin said. “Some undesirable behaviors and medical
conditions that can develop from lack of stimulation include
scratching inappropriate places, chewing, peeing outside the litter
box, aggression, and obesity.”
Several cat toys and supplies on the market make providing your
furry friend with entertainment easy. For example, a cat tower
placed by the window could provide opportunities for your pet to
exercise, play, relax, and enjoy the scenery outside.
Additionally, Griffin said cat toys—especially ones with bells,
feathers, fur, or pom poms— can provide hours of entertainment and
some exercise for your kitty.
Toys to encourage your cat’s natural instinct to hunt are also
available. These toys can be filled with a treat or cat food and
can be hidden in the house. When the cat finds the toy, they have
to play with it to get the food out. Griffin said hunting toys
provide mental stimulation and also a little exercise. You also can
train your cat to chase laser pointers; however, be sure to play
safe to avoid any injury to your cat.
Many of our feline friends live indoors, but they still may be
curious about the outdoors. Training your cat to walk on a harness
or leash will provide both exercise and entertainment for your
“Leash walking and having an open window or a screened-in porch
can fulfill a cat’s desire to explore the outdoors,” Griffin said.
Whether your kitty spends most of its time sleeping or begging
you to play, providing entertainment for your cat is important for
its mental and physical health.
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