There are only two types of cats in this world… the ones who are social, andthe ones who are not, and it is important to know your cat and what they arecomfortable with.
Unlike dogs, cats have a higher tendency to want to stay to themselves, andsome families may find that their cat tends to be one that will keep tothemselves and in some cases even prefer not to be handled. This does not meanthat they can’t be a wonderful companion and member of the family.
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 focus onthem for some special one-one-one time is especially important to their mentalwellbeing. Now, if you have a feline who prefers their own company, you areprobably thinking to yourself yeah right, my cat doesn’t do one-on-one time!
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 different room of the house where they don’tusually go or bring them into your home office space while you are doing someemails and let them sit in your presence for company. Give them an activity todo in their own room or space or use a treat ball or toys to let them explorein their own time. Talk to them! Having a conversation with your cat mightsound crazy, but even those who prefer minimal human interaction of thephysical kind still need to know that you are there, 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.
This article was provided by the Australian Pet Care Association (APCA) –Become a member byvisitingAustralianpetcareassociation.com.au/membership/application/ or [email protected].
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