9 Sim­ple Ways To En­rich Your Cat’s En­vi­ron­ment

Modern Cat - - Contents - BY JEN­NIFER NOSEK

These easy-to-im­ple­ment ideas will keep your cat happy and en­gaged.

# 1 Get wild! Ful­fill your cat’s need for ver­ti­cal space and bring out your cat’s wild side with a very cool, beau­ti­fully de­signed In­di­ana Jones-style roped cat bridge from Cat­a­strophic Creations. (From $195, catas­trophi­cre­ations.com)

# 3 Eat Your Greens. Give your cat ac­cess to fresh greens to nib­ble on in­stead of house­plants! Ce­real grasses like wheat grass con­tain tons of chloro­phyll and are packed with an­tiox­i­dant vi­ta­mins, min­er­als, and other nu­tri­ents for op­ti­mal health. Plus, they pro­mote good di­ges­tion, help­ing to con­trol hair­balls. Grow your own or­ganic, GMO-free cat greens with a self-grow kit from Bell Rock Grow­ers. Just add wa­ter and in about a week you’ll have an edi­ble gar­den for your cat to en­joy! ( bell­rock­grow­ers.com)

# 2 A room with a view. Open the cur­tains! A win­dow perch with a view of the birds and crit­ters out­side will en­ter­tain your cat for hours. The Oster Sunny Seat Cat Win­dow Bed in­stalls in sec­onds via in­dus­trial strength suc­tion cups to sup­port up to 50 pounds of kit­ties. ($25, os­teran­i­mal­care.com) *Note: If your cat is urine spray-mark­ing in the house, a cat he sees out­side may be stress­ing him out, mak­ing him feel his ter­ri­tory is un­der threat. For more on this, go to mod­ern­cat.com/ar­ti­cles/how-stop-your­cat-urine-spray-mark­ing/.

# 4 In­tro­duce the thrill of dis­cov­ery. Ev­ery month, hide a new toy some­where in the house for your cat to dis­cover. A monthly toy de­liv­ery ser­vice like Res­cue Box makes it easy! Each monthly box is packed with good­ies for your cat and sup­ports res­cue, help­ing to vac­ci­nate shel­ter cats and pro­vide food. ($23, res­cue­box.com)

# 5 Keep it fresh. Ro­tate which toys you pro­vide for your cat to play with, putting some away and bring­ing out oth­ers, to keep things in­ter­est­ing. You can also re­fresh old toys with new cat­nip. Try the Vault Mar­i­nater from Pet­mate. It works on most ma­te­ri­als, in­fus­ing your cat’s favourite toys with the stim­u­lat­ing scent of cat­nip! ($10, Pet­mate.com)

# 6 Add ice cubes to your cat’s wa­ter. Bonus points: make those ice cubes out of tuna wa­ter!

# 7 Make time for play­time (and make sure you’re do­ing it right!). Sched­ule mul­ti­ple play ses­sions daily— and be sure to al­ways let your cat com­plete “the kill” or he’ll be un­sat­is­fied. For more on how to play with your cat cor­rectly, read d The All Im­por­tant Play Se­quence at mod­ern­cat.com/ar­ti­cles/all-im­por­tant-play- all-im­por­tant-play­se­quence. If your cat won’t play, you might be do­ing it wrong! Toy to try: our cats love the Dezi & Roo Wig­gly gly Wand, de­signed to drive your cat wild by re­al­is­ti­cally mim­ick­ing king live prey. En­tice your cat to hunt, chase, and pounce! ! ($12—plus free ship­ping in the US!—from deziroo.com)

# 8 Get your cat a fountain. Cat’s love run­ning wa­ter. And by en­cour­ag­ing your cat to drink more, urine is more di­lute, re­duc­ing the risk of kid­ney stones. Try Pi­o­neer Pet’s Big Max ceramic drink­ing fountain. ($80, pioneerpet.com)

# 9 Pro­mote ex­er­cise with an in­door play­ground for your cat. Hi­cat’s sim­ple, one piece, floor-to-ceil­ing cat climber is per­fectly beau­ti­ful in its min­i­mal­ism. And your cat will love it even more than you do. It’s de­signed to bring out the nat­u­ral agility in cats to pro­mote ex­er­cise, well-be­ing, and in­ter­ac­tive play. (From $250, hi­cat.us)

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