Enrichment for any animal is key but for our cats it is just as important as getting everything else right such as diet and home environment. The holistic outlook on optimal health includes areas such as physical, emotional, social and psychological wellbeing. Enrichment offers the perfect opportunity to fuel these areas with positive experiences by engaging their natural instincts for scavenging, hunting, chasing, smelling and playing.
In order to set up the most beneficial enrichment activities it is important to understand a cats natural behaviour and how it would behave if it was not domesticated like the cats of today. Providing ample opportunities to engage in natural instincts such as hunting will enrich their lives and yours by helping make then a happy and healthy feline.
When thinking of enrichment ideas for a cat it’s important to remember that not only is variety key but also rotation. Cats naturally love to explore and using enrichment will help feed into this instinct. It is also important not to overwhelm as this can have the opposite effect to the intended intention of enrichment. Whatever tools you use to enrich your cat’s life remember rotation and variety is important as well as opportunity.
Whether your cat is an indoor or outdoor cat, look to incorporate as many life enriching opportunities as possible. These will help to not only keep their minds sharp and focused but will also help to avoid common issues such as obesity and behavioural issues.
Not all enrichment needs to be expensive toys, these have their place but so do things readily available in the home environment this also includes the garden. Make use of things that you may have lying around such as feathers, leaves, logs and cardboard boxes to name a few. Always supervise your cat when playing with toys.