Cats and kennel enrichment go together like – well, like dogs and kennel enrichment. It's just as important to have a stimulating enrichment plan for the cats in your care, and it's surprisingly easy and affordable.
Toys, toys, toys
We all know toys are a blast, but did you know they can make your cats more adoptable? Research from the ASPCA's Adoption Center in New York City shows that people spend more time watching cats who have toys in their cages than those who don't – and it doesn't matter whether the cat is even playing with the toy.
Cats love repurposed household items, so don't think you have to stretch your budget to include new purchases. Try these:
Just make sure you rotate new toys into each cat's enclosure every day or two so they have something new and fresh to pique their interest. Remember to disinfect toys if you reuse them – or send them along with the cats to their new homes.
Hiding spots mean calmer kitties
Cats need to be able to hide – it calms them down and lessens their stress while in the shelter. And don't worry that providing hiding spots means the cats will disappear from the view of potential adopters – studies show that cats who have the freedom to hide are more likely to approach the front of the cage. Hiding spots don't mean fewer cat adoptions.
Hiding places can be as simple and inexpensive as paper bags, shoeboxes, and elevated perches draped with towels.