What makes your cat so unique compared to your dog or pet bird? Aside from their quirky antics such as climbing into cardboard boxes, knocking our things off the desk or counter, and frantically running full speed from one room to the next, how are cats specifically designed and for what purposes?
Animal enrichment is the practice of providing your dog or cat (or any captive animal) with appropriate stimuli and aspects to their environment that encourage them to perform their natural behaviors and to express positive emotions. Animal enrichment practices depend on the individual animal and the species of animal. Cats require different types of enrichment than do dogs, than do 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.
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.