There are only 2 types of cats in this world… the ones who are social, and theones who are not! Unlike dogs, cats have a higher tendency to want to stay tothemselves, and some families may find that their cat tends to be one thatwill keep to themselves and in some cases even prefer not to be handled. Thisdoes not mean that they can’t be a wonderful companion and member of thefamily, but it is important to know your cat and what they are comfortablewith.
Regardless of how social or friendly your feline is, they all need enrichmentof some sort. They may not necessarily want to play , but having you focuson them for some special one-one-one time is especially important to theirmental wellbeing. Now, if you have a feline who prefers their own company, youare probably thinking to yourself yeh right, my cat doesn’t do one-on-onetime!
Here is the thing – enrichment is whatever your pet needs, because let’s faceit, they are the boss! If your cat will not play, or doesn’t like to be heldor even patted, there are still things that you can do that will addenrichment to their daily lives. Give them some time exploring a differentroom of the house where they don’t usually go or bring them into your homeoffice space while you are doing some emails and let them sit in your presencefor company. Give them an activity to do in their own room or space or use atreat ball or toys to let them explore in their own time. Talk to them! Havinga conversation with your cat might sound crazy, but even those who preferminimal human interaction of the physical kind still need to know that you arethere, and you love them.
On the other hand, some cats are extremely social and affectionate, and loveto play! These cats will love to spend time with you, curl up on your couchwith you while you watch a movie, sleep on your desk while you work, or followyou around the house all day long. Enrichment is easy for these felines,because they will thrive on your company and attention!
Overall, enrichment of any kind will improve their state of mind and keep yourkitty happy and healthy for many years.
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