Whether you live in an apartment block with no outside space or prefer to keep your feline friend safe from a busy road, there's probably a good reason that you've chosen to keep your cat indoors; isn't that better for local wildlife too?
While your cat may well be happier inside, those with little to no opportunity to explore the outdoors can become bored and quickly encounter behavioral issues and health difficulties. These can include anxiety, aggression, soiling, and attention seeking, as well as obesity, diabetes, and urinary tract issues. What’s the answer?
A recent study published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery discovered that food puzzles are a great way to nurture cats' natural hunting instincts and to encourage ordinary behavior in your furry friend – regardless of how pampered they've become.
Food puzzles can be bought at pet stores or created at home using all kinds of odds and ends, such as paper bags, water bottles, and egg cartons. Typically, these devices can be filled with treats and foods, and your cat must then work out how to best access the reward inside. These toys can stimulate a cat's hunting instinct, encourage them to forage for food, prevent boredom, and even force your pet to undertake a mini workout.
Tips for Choosing the Right Toy
The type of food puzzle or gadget that you choose is entirely up to you, but be sure to choose a style that will fit your cat's disposition. Finding the right toy can come down to trial and error, and the paper's researchers recommended over-filling such devices in the early days to encourage cats to use them. If you have more than one cat, be sure to provide each with their own puzzles.
We've no doubt that you love your cat, and we're sure that you want the very best for them – as well as a harmonious home that can be enjoyed by all. Regardless of your reasoning for keeping your cat inside, be sure to provide stimulation that influence your pet’s natural reactions and instincts.