If you've ever watched your pet twitch, twist, and growl when sleeping, you've probably wondered if he or she is having a particularly interesting dream that involves chasing mice or rooting throu ...View Article
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Posted on 03-14-2014
Indoor cats statistically live longer, healthier lives then outdoor cats. However, indoor cats require a stimulating environment to lead truly happy lives. This is similar to big cats you will visit at the zoo. They require toys, games and changes in their enclosure. This has been studied and evidence supports the benefits from enrichment. Our domesticated cats have the same needs as their larger counterparts.
Indoor only cats that lack enrichment activities get bored. This can lead to anxiety that is manifested by over grooming, depression, infections, cystitis, obesity and other behavior issues. Cats need to be mentally stimulated as well as physically stimulated. Enrichment can fulfill these necessary needs.
Think about it from an indoor cat's perspective. If you were confined to a small space with nothing to do during the day except for sleep and eat, you would feel pretty miserable. The goal is to create an interactive, stimulating space that your cat will embrace.
Some excellent ways to enrich your cat's livelihood are as follows:
If you have any other questions or are concerned about your indoor cat, please call us at Eagle Animal Hospital 610-458-8789. Our team will be happy to assist you. We serve Chester Springs, Downingtown, Exton, Glenmoore and the surrounding area.
Written by Jennifer Granite, VMD
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