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Indoor cats can lead exciting lives

Keep me entertained
Keep me entertained
Karla Kirby

There are sweet, little indoor cats who long to go outside into the exciting world of squirrels, bees, mice and trees. Indoor cats can become easily bored to tears with their predictable, uneventful lives.
True, keeping kitty indoors keeps him/her safe from disease and danger, in fact that’s precisely why indoor kitties live so much longer than their outside friends. Still cats need to be happy, not just safe.
A cat needs be a cat, not just a beautiful being. They need to run, jump, frolic, climb and play. They need to practice those innate, natural instincts that allowed them to survive in the wild for so many years. That's why it's imperative for us to do everything we can to help our indoor felines exercise their inborn behaviors. It will make them more contented, more satisfied and keep them in good health.
Cat trees and scratching posts are wonderful inventions. They offer your indoor cat the vertical space they crave. Window seats give them a wonderful view to the outside world.
Cat toys that replicate the art of hunting and give them that true feline fulfillment are also wonderful creations. Not only do they allow that natural survival skill to thrive, they also very enjoyable and gratifying. When indoor cats have no passage for their inborn need to pursue prey, they can become bored and even depressed. A good hunting-type toy is the perfect solution. Hunting toys allow your cat to shadow, trail and pounce on unsuspecting prey, much as they would do in the natural world. Feathered flyer toys consisting of a wand with furry or feathery bait at the end are a feline favorite. These toys can be purchased at any pet store or on line.
Catnip, catmint or cat grass can be an exhilarating attractant to your kitty, enticing him/her to venture, exercise, explore and play more. Preserve old favorite toys in a bag of fresh catnip leaves or flakes for a few days for extra enhancement. True, not every cat appreciates catnip, but a vast majority of them do.

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