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Mental Stimulation for Cats

Cats have a reputation for spending much of their time lying around and sleeping but the truth is that they actually need mental stimulation. As intelligent animals, cats can become depressed or develop behavioral issues without enough stimulation. At The Cat Practice, we can help you find ways to keep your cat busy. Give us a call for an appointment with our veterinarian, Dr. Lori L. Coughlin. As a cats-only vet clinic in Oak Park, IL, we provide a safe and soothing environment for your beloved pets.

Mental Stimulation for cats

Benefits of Mental Stimulation for Cats

Cats need to run around and play in order to stay happy and healthy. These pets love playing games where they can “hunt” toys or other objects. They also enjoy climbing and exploring. Making sure your cat gets enough stimulation can help improve his mental health. Without enough to do, cats can become bored and end up engaging in destructive behavior. Others can become overweight or obese due to a lack of physical activity. Obesity in pets can then raise the risk of developing other health problems. Providing cats with enough mental stimulation can also help prevent boredom, depression, obesity, and other issues.

How to Increase Mental Stimulation in Cats

How can you make sure your cat is active enough? Unlike dogs, most cats don’t go for daily walks, especially indoor ones. There are other ways, however, that you can keep your cat mentally stimulated and physically active. Set aside 15 minutes of playtime to spend with your pet each day. Wave a feather toy around for him to pounce at or have him catch toy mice.

We can provide you with advice on puzzles and toys to use in order to keep your cat mentally stimulated. We can also recommend other kinds of games or activities to play with your cat to challenge their brain.

When to Seek Professional Guidance for Your Cat

If your cat has been acting depressed or bored, our vet can offer guidance on mental stimulation. We can also check your cat to rule out medical conditions that might cause behavioral changes.

Learn More from a Veterinarian Near You about Mental Stimulation for Your Cat

If your cat needs more mental stimulation, we can offer advice. At The Cat Practice, our Oak Park, IL, veterinarian, Dr. Coughlin, can recommend ways to keep your pet active for improved mental health and well-being. Call us at (708) 383-5997 to schedule an appointment. Our veterinarian near you is here to help.