A Brief How To: Feline Enrichment

The what and how for feline enrichment.


Dr. Katherine Reardon

4/3/20231 min read

cats with a snuffle mat
cats with a snuffle mat

Feline enrichment refers to providing cats with activities and environments that mimic their natural behaviors and provide them with opportunities to engage in physical and mental stimulation. Here are a few ways to provide feline enrichment:

  1. Exercise: Provide your cat with opportunities to engage in physical activity. This can include things like playing with interactive toys, climbing and scratching surfaces, or providing a cat tree.

  2. Mental stimulation: Provide your cat with interactive toys that challenge their mind, like puzzle feeders, or toys that mimic hunting behaviors.

  3. Environmental enrichment: Provide your cat with a varied and stimulating environment. This can include things like hiding toys or treats around the house, or providing them with different textures and surfaces to explore.

  4. Scratching posts: Scratching is a natural behavior for cats, provide them with scratching posts or pads in different textures and in different areas of the house.

  5. Vertical space: Cats are natural climbers, providing them with a vertical space like a cat tree or shelves to climb on can provide them with opportunities to engage in this natural behavior.

  6. Socialization: Provide your cat with opportunities to interact with other cats or with people. This can include taking them to the vet for regular checkups or inviting friends over to visit.

  7. Scent enrichment: cats have a powerful sense of smell, providing them with different scents through the use of catnip or other scented toys can be a great way to provide mental stimulation.

It's important to keep in mind that every cat is different, and they may have different preferences, it's important to observe the cat's behavior and adjust the enrichment program accordingly. Also, it's important to make sure that the cat's basic needs such as food, water, shelter and veterinary care are met.