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​How to Play with Your Indoor Cat

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Playing with your indoor cat is a great way of preventing stress, boredom and lethargy causing your cat to become unwell or unhappy. Playing is also useful for strengthening the bond between your cat and the other members of the family. Furthermore, play time is an important part of kitten development, aiding coordination, physical development, communication and social skills.

Without play cats can’t have problems with behaviour and with weight and health problems. Play is vital for all pet cats but it’s extremely important for indoor cats and cats with controlled access to the outdoors with cat fencing or other types of cat containment systems.

5 Ways to Play with Your Cat

Go fishing

You can’t take your cat fishing, but you can choose toys that are like fishing rods, with a string attached to a rod, often with a toy stuck on the end such as a bird or mouse. Use the toy to encourage your cat to jump, pounce, bite, run and even stalk. These toys are cheap and there are many different designs so you can swap to prevent boredom.

Climb High

Cats are great climbers and jumpers and outdoor cats can be seen scaling walls, fences and trees with ease. Replicate this natural behaviour by adding cat activity centres, cat shelving and cat scratching posts around the different areas in the home and catio where your cat loves to spend time.

Digital Toys

Phones and tablets are fun for humans, there’s no need to deny pets from modern day entertainment. There are plenty of apps, games and videos designed for cats. They can follow fish on the screen, watch birds in flights, even listen to ‘cat music’. Explore your device’s app store and see what you can find.

Treats and Meals

There’s no need to stick to feeding your cat in the same way. Spice things up a bit with treat toys designed to release treats through interaction. You can also move the cat feeding station to different areas and heights to liven things up a bit. Failing everything else, hide some treats around the home and garden for your kitty to discover during their daily prowl.

Hide and Seek

Place boxes, cat beds and other covered areas around the home and garden. Cats love to find a safe and secure hidey hole, perfect for when they get tired or life becomes a little too stressful.

Play with your cat several times a day in short bursts, but never try to force or wake your cat up to play. Make sure they’re willing and happy to get involved, and always let your cat ‘win’ in the end. 

​Is My Cat Too Clingy?

Most cat owners love nothing more than having a clingy cat. It’s an honour to be welcomed home by a cat, and who doesn’t love having the cat come and spend time with you. Sure, it can mean not moving for longer than you hoped, but in general a clingy cat is a wonderful thing. However, there are occasions [...]

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​What’s the Lifespan of Outdoor Cats?

It’s difficult to find accurate information regarding the average lifespan of outdoor cats. Not enough research has been conducted in the world, let alone the UK. Therefore, it’s difficult to find an average lifespan, but there is some information available.A study titled Longevity and Mortality of cats attending primary care veterinary practices in England involved 100,000 cats over 90 [...]

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Cats and Fireworks

Cats hate fireworks. Many humans hate fireworks too and we know exactly what they are for, expect them and yet still they can cause stress and alarm, so imagine how cats feel! It’s easy to understand why cats can get alarmed when the fizzes, whizzes and bangs start. Each year, some cats get so scared they run away and [...]

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​Tips to Help Stop Your Cat Hunting

Cats hunt, it’s what they do. For the regular home owner or tenant, hunting cats can be an inconvenience. No one enjoys waking up to find a live animal loose in the home, or a deceased one on the carpet. Furthermore, cats are blamed for the decline in certain species. In general, domestic cat owners look for ways to [...]

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​Police Solve the Croydon Cat Killer Case

The Croydon Cat Killer mystery has been solved by the Metropolitan Police. The investigators now believe that foxes are to be blamed for the death of hundreds of cats and other animals that were discovered bludgeoned, mutilated and decapitated around the UK. SNARL do not agree with the outcome of the investigation.There is also a petition signed by almost 20,000 [...]

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​How to Stimulate Your Contained Kitty

As indoor and contained cats are becoming common in the UK, we thought we’d share a few tips on how to keep them stimulated. A bored kitty can lead to stress and unhappiness, even poor health. There’s absolutely no reason for an indoor cat or a cat with contained access to the outdoors not to have a fulfilled, happy [...]

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Can I Adopt an Indoor Only Cat from a Shelter?

Many cat charities and shelters are reluctant to home a cat with a family unless the cat has outside access. This was certainly true in the past, but times are changing some and the UK is adapting to the idea of indoor only cats. In fact, many cat owners now prefer their cats protected from the dangers that come [...]

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​5 Risks for Outdoor cats

There are plenty of reasons why cat owners choose to allow their cats outdoor access. Cats love the freedom and they have plenty of behaviours that benefit from outdoor life. That being said, there are a lot of dangers that come with outdoor life. Today, we’re sharing 5 risks, many of which were mentioned by cat owners in the [...]

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​Does My Cat Have Allergies?

The warmer weather is here (on and off) and already some people are beginning to struggle with hay fever. Cats can have allergies too, but unlike us humans, they aren’t able to tell us about their suffering or pop to Boots to buy some allergy medicines. It’s down to cat owners to look out for the symptoms and to [...]

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