The Power of Choice

May 12, 2020

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…a basic environment has food delivered in a food bowl. An enriched environment offers food in lots of different ways including puzzles, dispensing toys and treasure hunts. A basic environment has a single litter tray in one corner of a room. An enriched environment has several litter trays, appropriate to the number of cats in the household, located in private spots throughout the house and cleaned regularly. Enrichment also covers things like play, human interaction, hiding places, vertical space and opportunities to explore natural cat behaviors – in a variety of different ways which offer choice and variety. It needs to be individualized to each cat in the home to ensure all needs are catered for, depending on various factors including age, personality and current health status. (Issue 42, May 2020, pp.54-56). Read article