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Pet Tip: Enrich Your Cat’s Life

The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus is temporarily “pawsing” adoptions while it houses many dogs from other shelters to assist those shelters as they work through an animal-health situation (visit wihumane.org/news to learn more). WHS will resume regular adoption processes soon.

Until information about pets looking for new homes returns to this space, here are some ways to create a safe, stimulating environment to provide for your cat’s emotional needs.

• Like humans, cats can get bored if they don’t have opportunities to learn, explore and play, so provide a variety of toys. Some cats prefer toys they can throw around themselves; others prefer toys that humans wiggle and dangle. Stimulating play for a cat involves opportunities to “hunt,” so move toys in ways that mimic the quick, unexpected movements of rodents or birds.

• Introduce new toys occasionally to keep your cat from becoming bored with the existing ones.

• Provide objects for your cat to explore, such as cardboard boxes, paper shopping bags or packing paper. Bonus points if you can poke holes of various sizes for her to peek out of or stick his paws through.

• Cats love to watch birds, squirrels and other small animals, so position feeders outside windows where your cat can observe animals coming and going.

• Training cats can give them a great mental workout. Like dogs, they can learn useful behaviors and fun tricks when you use positive reinforcement.

To read more cat-behavior tips, visit wihumane.org.

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