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Cat Enrichment

Your Cats’ World, Enriched, Inspired. The pathway to
your cat’s heart is through understanding his world.
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How to make outdoor cat tunnels to increase your cat’s territory
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How to Make this Irresistible Spring Grass Oasis Lounge for Your Cat
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Create a festive cat fountain display to enrich your cat’s senses
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Create a Spooky-licious Cat Salad Bar that’s frightfully easy with colorful water beads
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How to make the perfect cat bed for afternoon catnaps
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The ultimate guide to growing cat grass
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Turn your catio into a cat paradise with this easy fountain hack
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How to grow catnip from seed without a green thumb
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9 Ways catnip can enrich your cat’s life
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5 Essential Must-Haves for a Happy Chirpy Cat

How to make outdoor cat tunnels to increase your cat’s territory

Last updated August 2nd, 2020

Making outdoor cat tunnels is a great way to increase your cat’s territory in a safe and inexpensive way. Read on for step-by-step instructions on how we added outdoor cat tunnels to our existing catio.

As a multi-cat household, we are always trying to devise new and interesting spaces for our cats to co-exist peacefully and to enrich their world. In the past few years, we have added outdoor elevated tunnels to our existing catio enclosure and we were excited to add ground tunnels to increase their space and offer a more enriching and stimulating environment.

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How to Make this Irresistible Spring Grass Oasis Lounge for Your Cat

Last updated January 26th, 2020

As the cats crunch on their delicious grass bucket at their newly decorated Spring Oasis lounge, I am reminded of how important it is to offer new and exciting textures that are attractive to cats. Sensory enrichment for your cats is just as vital to his well-being as any other form of enrichment.

Overflowing with a myriad of textures and smells, the Spring Oasis Cat Lounge offers an attractive space to explore, drink, hunt and relax after a long winter.

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Create a Spooky-licious Cat Salad Bar that’s frightfully easy with colorful water beads

Last updated August 7th, 2020

Have you ever thought of growing cat grass without soil? here are step-by-step instructions for growing cat grass in water beads for lots of fun at the cat salad bar!

Growing cat grass for your cat is always a fun project whether it’s for an indoor salad bar or an outdoor watering hole. At the Chirpy Cats lair, we like to keep fresh supplies of grass pots, especially when the weather cools down and the cats spend less time in the catio and more time indoors visiting the salad bar. In our Ultimate Guide to Growing Cat Grass, we provided step-by-step instructions for growing cat grass the traditional way with potting soil.

Why not change things up a bit and ditch the dirt for water beads? Yes, you’ve read that right, no soil needed. For this grass project, you will be using water gel beads instead of potting soil to grow your cat grass!

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How to make the perfect cat bed for afternoon catnaps

Last updated March 5th, 2020

Make a cat grass bed to impress your cat

Cats just love to make things up as they go along. They’re masters at improvisation and resourcefulness. They’re the bohemians of the animal kingdom, loving the comforts of the finer things in life, while always keeping a paw on the wild side. Cats play by their own rule book and the power of their purrsuasion and cat-nnovation has prompted cat lovers like me to make up words like these! 

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The ultimate guide to growing cat grass

Last updated March 4th, 2020

For indoor cats, the grass is not greener on the outside. Perhaps your cat would disagree, but we know indoor living is the safest place for your cat. Free-roaming cats have a full daily schedule, they hunt, catch, kill, groom, sleep, and nibble on grass at their leisure. To keep your cat happy it’s important to provide a natural, stimulating and changing environment that most closely resembles what he would normally stumble upon in an outdoor kitty expedition. We know that one of the things cats love, next to catnip, is cat grass. What’s great to know is that cat grass is super easy to grow at any time throughout the year. 

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Turn your catio into a cat paradise with this easy fountain hack

Last updated August 25th, 2020

A water feature you and your cats will love

You have created the perfect outdoor space for your cats and they’re loving it! There are cat grass pots, hanging catnip baskets and various arrangements of other cat safe plants. What more could a happy cat want? But there is something missing. An element that is vital to our wellbeing and is an essential component in the art of feng shui – water, the giver of life. 

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How to grow catnip from seed without a green thumb

Last updated May 9th, 2020

Catnip is a hardy perennial herb of the mint family bearing aromatic leaves attractive to cats. Follow these step-by-step instructions on growing your own and keep your cats happy and enriched!

We have a few things in common, my cats and I. We like laptops, long catnaps on a Caturday morning, and our recreational herb of choice, catnip! Of course, I don’t like catnip for the same reasons the cats do; you won’t find me head shaking and wriggling in ecstasy on the kitchen floor (well, maybe if I’m trying to fish out an old cat toy stuck under the fridge, but that’s no fun). No, instead of catnip parties, I prefer catnip in my nighttime tea blend.

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9 Ways catnip can enrich your cat’s life

Last updated May 4th, 2020

Your cat climbs up to the top shelf with stealthy paws. Reaching out, he grabs the bag of green goodness and tosses it onto the floor for his feline friends. The catnip is out of the bag and the catnip party begins. If you’re a multi-cat household you’ve possibly walked in on a few wild catnip parties on your kitchen floor and then learned to store the catnip stash where feline grabby paws can’t reach!

When we think of cat environment enrichment, we think of engaging your cat in interactive playtime, food puzzles and offering an interesting changing environment for your cats. But we underestimate the power of scent. Just a little whiff of catnip can send a cat into a 15-minute euphoric frenzy. Just like treats can be used to train a cat, so too can catnip be used in positive reinforcement and behavior modification training. Some cats are treat motivated, but many others will give up their seat in a sun puddle for a bag of ‘nip any day! In fact, a whopping 70% of cats are susceptible to the catnip effect and cats inherit this trait from one of their parents.

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5 Essential Must-Haves for a Happy Chirpy Cat

Last updated September 15th, 2020

How to keep your cat happy

It seems that cats have it made. The internet worships them and judging by those viral Youtube Best Cat compilation videos, they rule their households with a firm furry paw. And we like it.

“Hey Mr. Dog, I need your bed if you don’t mind, thanks, you’re too kind!”

But despite this overall perception of a cat’s elevated status as Ruler of the Drooler, cats are still largely misunderstood. Cats are viewed as independent, aloof and in need of less medical and preventative care than dogs, but this could not be further from the truth.

September is Happy Cat Month, an event in its 9th year running, created by the Catalyst Council, to help promote the health and well-being of our purry felines, focusing on the different ways to ensure your cat is happy, enriched and healthy.

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