They used to climb the palm tree in the neighbor’s yard directly across the street from my apartment. I could watch them clumsily scale the tree each morning, letting the old branches fall down and making quite the ruckus. This continued on for several months until the homeowners had a tree trimmer come to remove the lower branches of the palm tree and the creatures retreated.
Animal enrichment is the practice of providing your dog or cat (or any captive animal) with appropriate stimuli and aspects to their environment that encourages them to perform their natural behaviors and to express positive emotions. Animal enrichment practices depend on the individual animal and also the species of animal. Cats require different types of enrichment than do dogs or elephants in a zoo, for instance. Animal enrichment is required for all types of captive animals including laboratory and zoo animals as well as companion animals.
Community cats are unowned cats who live outdoors with other cats in groups called colonies. Community cats can include two types of cats, socialized cats who were previously owned by someone sometimes these are referred to as stray cats, and unsocialized, feral cats who have never been owned.
Last year, I spent many Sunday afternoons volunteering in a spay and neuter clinic. I helped both the staff and the animals who had been brought in to be spayed or neutered or to receive vaccines, nail trims or pre-scheduled wellness appointments that happened once a week.