If you’re a cat owner, you’re most likely already familiar with the classic ways to enrich your cat’s life- catnip, wand toys, look out spots and perches by windows, etc. Enrichment “incorporates a combination of sensory, physical, environmental, cognitive and social activities.” (Ontario SPCA) While cats are notorious for liking the cardboard box more than the toy inside, we thought we’d still take the time to share 10 of the more unique ways to bring a bit of entertainment into your cat’s life…and one of them DOES include a cardboard box! Interested in what you see? Click on the image to take you to the product or search on your own.
1. Lick mat
Lick mats have been gaining attention over the past couple of years thanks to social media platforms. This silicone mat designed with varying textures has multiple benefits. In addition to providing sensory stimulation and reducing anxiety (did you know that licking can ease anxiety in cats?), it can also help slow down those speedy eaters! There are various styles and companies who make this, and each mat is designed to different needs. This is an easy and fun way to switch up mealtime! Click here to check out the mat below.
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2. Foraging treat toys
Even though they nap for around 16 hours per day, cats still have a natural instinct to hunt prey. Foraging toys are wonderful mental stimulation-especially for those food driven cats! This toy, which is called “Doc & Phoebe's Cat Co. The Hunting Snacker Interactive Cat Treat Toy” and was found on chewy.com, “is the purr-fect way to stimulate your little hunter’s natural instincts! Just fill it with a treat, hide it, and watch your feline hunt it down. In addition to satisfying your pet’s love for catching and playing with prey, the toy will also get your cat to exercise while they search for their treat. To top it off, the toy is fitted with an adjustable slide, so you can make the treats harder or easier to get out.” (Chewy.com)
3. Cat stroller
If you’re looking for a way to safely get your cat out into the world and raise the eyebrows of neighbors when they look into your stroller…look no further! In all seriousness, a stroller is a great way to have outdoor enrichment time, while also keeping them contained and safe. This is also a wonderful idea for cats who may have mobility issues. Of course, not all cats like to travel, so use your best judgment to see if this is a right option for them! Here’s a list of “18 Cat Strollers To Bring Your Cat On All Your Adventures” by Daily Paws.
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4. Catnip infused bubbles
Bubbles that smell like catnip? How intriguing! Since many cats don’t normally see bubbles (unless they live in a child friendly environment) this new sensory experience will have them curious and engaged! Combine this with catnip and it’s sure to get a little crazy! You can find catnip infused bubbles at many pet stores, or of course, online. While you’re at it, be sure to check out the other catnip infused items. They even have paper bags!
5. Cat “whack-a-mole”
This is a game that many cats simply cannot resist. We encourage you to try it out! You can buy your own by simply searching “cat whack-a-mole” OR you can even make your own! Not only is this a simple and inexpensive way to add a fun game into your routine, but it also encourages them to stay mentally and physically stimulated.