This clip illustrates both the reluctant and the brave and offers some tips on encouraging cat wheel use. For a detailed explanation visit my web article detailing the “how-to” steps. Mostly, it is just cute and hopes to inspire cat parents to provide this type of enrichment and activity if you think your cat is up to it!
Behavior & enrichment videos
Tartarian honeysuckle is a scent that some cats respond to in the same euphoric way they do catnip. Not all cats respond to all scents so it is worthwhile to try them all.
This video depicts a very rough play session between two bonded male cats. This video is play and NOT aggression. I create these to educate cat parents who might otherwise think their cats are fighting. Male cats like to engage in rough play well into their senior years, females do not engage like this nearly as much. Always good to adopt a pair of bonded males so that they can enjoy each other and have an outlet for this style of play.
This video highlights the advantages and importance of supervised outdoor access for cats. While a big advocate for indoor cats, to maximize their safety and health, some safe and controlled outdoor access can be incredibly enriching, potentially improve overall quality of life as well as provide exercise and mental stimulation. This video is intended to inspire cat parents to leash and harness train their cat! Even if you do not have a yard to take your cat out in, how about a cat stroller, open windows with bird feeders and bird baths, or a screened porch? There is often a way to allow the sights, scents and sounds of the outdoors to make their way in, safely!
Training can be so much fun and so incredibly cute! Once you teach the basics it’s easy to build upon that and train all kinds of cool tricks, like playing a children’s piano! Training can be for purpose and for enrichment. Remember it is just as important to exercise their brains as well as their physical body.
Davis and Parker show how rough normal cat play behavior can be. These cats are NOT fighting. When cats play they are practicing their killing blows on each other. It can look scary, but you must take into account their relationship, body language, and the ability to spar and diffuse without malicious intent.