environmental enrichment

Environmental Enrichment is Not One Size Fits All


Environmental enrichment for cats has become the hot topic in the cat world in recent years – and that’s a really good thing.

At their core, cats are wild animals. When we invite them to share our lives and homes, we can’t expect them to completely give up all their natural instincts. We have to look at our living space from the cat’s point of view and provide an environment that satisfied those instincts.Continue Reading

Review: Cat Ladder Feline Furniture, New Birch Ladder Now on Kickstarter


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There’s no question that cats love to climb. Vertical space in the form of cat trees and cat shelves is critical to providing an enriched environment for indoor cats. The Cat Ladder addresses this need in a way that’s creative, functional, and beautiful – and most of all, it lends itself to endless possibilities in any home of any size.Continue Reading

Birdwatching: Environmental Enrichment for Indoor Cats


Cats often get a bad reputation with regards to birds. A few years ago, I wrote Faulty Science Spread Lies About Cats and Their Impact on Wildlife, and even though the post is a few years old, the information is still relevant. But there is a way for birds to not only coexist peacefully with cats, they can also provide stimulating entertainment for indoor cats, and the best part: nobody gets hurt.Continue Reading

How to Build a Catio: A Firsthand Account


Guest post by Jessica Fritschle

I decided to build a catio to give my cats more space so that they can get away from each other and have some down time. I’ve always known that they would very much like to go outside, but I never had the nerve to do it. I always felt that keeping them inside was the one selfish decision I made. I knew that they would have happier lives if I let them go out – I just could never bring myself to do it.

Last year, I adopted a very spunky female cat who sits by the open windows all day. She clearly wanted to go outside. That was the final push that made me decide to actually build a catio versus just thinking about it.Continue Reading

Review: Brain Games for Cats


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Play is vitally important to a cat’s physical and mental health, and it’s especially important for indoor cats. Even though cats may sleep up to 16 hours a day, when they’re awake, they need stimulation, and the best way to accomplish this is with play. Play is also a wonderful way to strengthen the bond between cat and human. Brain Games for Cats: Fun Ways to Build a Loving Bond With Your Cat Through Games and Challenges offers a wide variety of games and exercises for cats of all ages.Continue Reading

Make 2017 the Healthiest and Happiest Year for You and Your Cat


Even though most New Year’s resolutions are abandoned within a month of making them, the New Year is still a good time to start fresh and create some healthy habits. Set your intention to make 2017 the happiest and healthiest year for your cats and for yourself. The following tips will help get you started. Continue Reading

From Veterinarian to Pet Solution Specialist: How Two Cats Inspired a Feline Vet


Guest post by Dr. Lynn Bahr, Founder of Dezi and Roo

Unexpected Beginnings

Surprisingly, unlike most in my profession, I did not grow up knowing I would become a veterinarian. It was a cat who got me interested in the practice and I am forever grateful to him. I met Rudolph on July 4th, 1980 and my life was changed forever. He was a unique kitty with an adorable pink nose—it was pale when he slept and then bright red after play. It was my love for Rudolph that inspired me to join the feline veterinary profession. Helping cats and their owners is how I honor his memory.Continue Reading

Environmental Enrichment for Kittens


At their core, cats are wild animals. When we invite them to share our lives and homes, we can’t expect them to completely give up all their natural instincts. We have to look at our living space from cats’ point of view and provide an environment that keeps them stimulated.Continue Reading

September is Happy Cat Month


Here at The Conscious Cat, every month is Happy Cat Month. After all, that’s what we’re all about: conscious living, health and happiness for cats and their humans. However, the message of what it takes to keep cats truly happy can’t be shared enough, which is why the CATalyst Council created Happy Cat Month.Continue Reading

Hide & Sneak Paper Bag Cat Tunnel from Dezi & Roo


Sometimes, the best toys are the simplest ones, and what cat doesn’t like paper bags? The folks at Dezi & Roo have taken this concept just a little further and created the Hide and Sneak Paper Tunnel.

This expandable tunnel made from the same material as brown paper bags will provide hours of entertainment and fun for your cats.Continue Reading

Cozy Cat Beds From a Company That Cares – Special Discount for Conscious Cat Readers


Last week, we reviewed the Abby Pet Hut cat bed from Urban Paws, and the post turned out to be so popular, I thought I’d share a few more of our favorite beds from this company.

I love the philosophy behind Urban Paw. Their tag line is “pet products that care.” Headed by a mother and son team, Urban Paw’s mission is to improve the lives of pets and the people who love them. In addition to creating comfortable and stylish products for pets, they also strive to to lessen the environmental impact and contribute to the well-being of people and pets. This includes finding alternative materials for their products, such as soy-based rather than petroleum based foam, which reduces toxic emissions and makes them safer to use.Continue Reading