Old Cat, New Tricks

Who says you can’t teach an old cat new tricks? This is Roxy, who is nearly 15. She never before saw the Friskies Pull ‘n Play toy – but she managed (with a bit of help) to figure it out.

With cheese string for mouse ears and a place inside the mouse “belly” to stash kibble and/or cat treats, even catnip if you like, this is great “occupational therapy” for any cat, a means to enrich the environment. Stash two or three of these in different places around the home and you’ll stimulate the cat’s prey drive, which is a very good thing.

If you live in a multi-pet home, use caution with placing long-lasting food resources in the environment, as pets can compete over resources resulting in conflict (and possibly injury). In a multi-pet home, give your pets a food resource in their own private and secure location, such as a room with the door closed.