During this pandemic, everyone is probably feeling a little stir crazy, your cat included. Here are some fun ways to keep your cat entertained while you're both staying at home.
1. Food Puzzles - This will help with your cat's natural instinct to hunt for their food. There are many types of food puzzles available at your local pet store or even DIY ones.
2. Vertical Space- Provide your cat with the feel of outdoors without leaving the house. By creating perches, shelves or having a cat tower by windows will allow your cat to view the outdoors and release their climbing and clawing needs. There are many different ways to create vertical spaces for your cat!
3. Interactive Toys- These toys create a bonding experience between you and your cat. They can include wand toys, strings, and laser pointers (remember to always have a toy for them to catch in the end!).
4. Self Play Toys.- These are types that a cat can use on their own. There are a variety of battery operated toys, balls or even something as simple as a cardboard box! Check out your local pet store for many options!
Providing your cat with an enrichment filled environment will lead to a mentally, emotionally and physically happy cat!
If your cat is extremely stressed, then keep him or her in a separate room for quarantine. However, most cats are not this sensitive, meaning they can handle hearing their human family in the same room. Cats are very adaptable animals and take to new situations well if they are introduced slowly enough.
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Keep their environment clean. The last thing you want is a dirty environment when they're confined indoors. Keep any litter boxes cleaned and disinfected, and make sure they have fresh water available at all times. Give them toys and treats. Cats love toys, so give them one if you have time outside the quarantine period. Toys with bells are especially popular, because they can't resist ringing the bell when you toss it in the air for them! Treats can be used as rewards for good behavior during quarantine as well, such as playing with a laser pointer or chasing a feather toy around the room.
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