In these gray, cold, winter months, we’re always looking for ways to lighten up our spirits. We should also keep our cats’ well being in mind. Cats are intelligent, athletic creatures, always looking for physically and mentally stimulating activities. When cats don’t have these, their attention turns to activities of their own choosing that we tend to think of as “bad behaviors”.
Case in point: Have you ever caught your cat chewing or scratching something like your favorite upholstered chair? Bad behavior = BOREDOM!
Here’s how you can make sure your cat has plenty of great things to do.
Provide a variety of ways for your cat to explore. Cats love discovering new places and objects. They love smaller, stimulating toys. There are smaller toysyou can lay around the house, such as catnip-infused toys, with feathers, strings, corrugated cardboard, suede and other safe, chewable and kickable parts.
Then there are the interactive toys, automated toys designed to be activated by your cats, using their own curiosity and intellect. Some of these toys can be suspended on doors, such as the Fling-ama-String, Play N Squeak Batting Practice, or the Tiger Mobile toy. Others lie flat on the floor, with balls and other moving parts, such as our Cat Hurricane, Peek N Prize, Cats Meow Undercover toy and Kitty Go Round toy.
Provide your cats access to levels other than just the floor. Cats love climbing to high places and feeling like they are “in charge” of their environment. Having a higher vantage point for your cats to watch the great outdoors (safely) or observe indoor goings-on provides hours of entertainment. Cat trees and cat window perches are great solutions. Place cat trees by windows for your cats’ optimal viewing pleasure. SIDE BENEFIT: Cat trees are made with scratch-able materials such as sisal. They really do use these vertical scratching surfaces, and it helps to keep them from scratching that favorite upholstered chair.
Provide hideaways for your cat. Cats love discovering places to hide. Think of times when you’ve had to search for your cat, only to find him under the bed, behind the furnace, or in other unfortunate places. Invest in a cat condo that is designed especially to meet the privacy needs of your cats. You’ll be able to find them as well!
Play with your cat. In your cat’s mind, it’s their favorite kind of play. During daily play sessions with you, your cat can enjoy a greater degree of intellectual stimulation and aerobic activity. In particular, consider activities that allow your cat to exercise her hunting instincts. Toys that resemble prey, such as mice and birds, are ideal. Wand toys offer a perfect way for you to lure your cat into “the thrill of the chase”.
We’ve also taught our cats some fun tricks, such as fetching toy balls. The toy ball should be light weight and small, such as a Loopies toy or a tinsel mouse. Reward your cats with their favorite treats to encourage repetition.
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Our perennial favorite, the Yeowww! Catnip Pumpkin has arrived, stuffed with the freshest, best quality catnip around, at a 15% Savings! Order six (6) Pumpkins and you’ll get an extra Pumpkin Catnip toy FREE with your order!
Our cats love the Pumpkin – they grab it with both paws and deliver their notorious “bunnykicks”. The Pumpkin also makes a great little gift for your favorite cat lover’s kitty. We’ll ship it anywhere, including internationally.
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With summer coming to a close, maybe you’ve been thinking about taking one last mini vacation while the weather is still nice. Whether it’s a day-trip or a weekend get-away, one thing is certain: you have to keep your cat happy while you’re away! At www.MyThreeCats.com, we have plenty of options to keep your cat comfortable and entertained.
Summer afternoons can be hot and boring, and few things would be worse for your cat than if they aren’t drinking enough water. Cats can incur a number of diseases from not drinking enough water, so making sure your cat has suitable water is crucial. Because many cats prefer constantly running water, My Three Cats offers products that allow your cat to drink fresh water with very little maintenance involved. The Drinkwell® Pet Fountain satisfies your cat’s need for running water in a quiet environment, and the Drinkwell® 360 edition is perfect for households with multiple pets with up to five streams of fresh, running water.
Give your cat plenty of his own special scratching surfaces to use throughout the house, so that you don’t return home to a shredded couch! Our great variety of colorful Scratch N Play horizontal scratching pads provide perfect locations for your cat to not only scratch, but to lay and dream about your return home.
It’s important for your cat to beat the boredom! When we go on vacation, our cats fortunately have great cat sitters to provide the best of care, including plenty of play time. However, they’re not around all the time. Cat toys from www.MyThreeCats.com help fill the void and create a means for some good exercise. Our new Bootsie’s Bunkbed and Playroom and Tick Tock Teaser Toy are great options for your cat’s enjoyment while you’re gone. Check our Cat Toy product page to read about all of our fun products.
Finally, it may be time to treat your cat to a brand new cat tree or condo. We have a vast selection of cat furniture that your cat can scratch, climb, perch and nap in! Most models ship immediately. See our Cat Furniture page for more information.
Take your vacation – you deserve it. But make sure you can leave your house with the peace of mind that your cat is living it up too!
Dogtime.com has issued another review of one of MyThreeCats.com’s cat toys, the Undercover Mouse! Undercover Mouse has become one of our most popular toy offerings because it plays right into your cat’s hunting instincts.