Keeping the Cat Mind OccupiedPublished October 7, 2011
Congratulations! You’ve decided that it's finally about time to take the plunge and open your heart and home to a furry friend. Of course, the next crucial step in making plans is to do the extensive research it requires to help you decide whether a dog or a cat will best match your lifestyle. Are you an active person? Do you enjoy taking long walks several times a day and during the evening? If so, having a faithful canine companion by your side may be just the ticket for you.
On the other paw, do you think of yourself as a more laid-back type, preferring to hang out around the house, napping, listening to music or watching movies? You might want to consider that what many people think of as a more “independent” feline would be the purrfect pet for you. Whatever suits your fancy will help you in your endeavor to make that very important and totally life changing decision.
This said, there are those folks who claim being owned by a kitty is far easier and less work-intensive than having to house-train a puppy; requiring taking Fido out for a walk in all kinds of weather. Since most cats instinctively know what a litter box is for, and will religiously use it as long as it is clean and tidy, there is far less physical labor involved. However, I feel compelled to dispel some of those old wives’ tales about some of the more obvious differences between having a dog and being owned by a cat.
While the basic requirements of living with a dog or cat are very similar, such as bestowing an abundance of love on them, responsible veterinary care, providing them with a healthy, delicious diet and ample exercise, as an avid cat lover who has been owned by a wide variety of kitties over the years, I have always suspected that most cats require their human to be, perhaps, a little more creative in providing an enriched environment to keep the active feline brain challenged, thereby occupied. A feline mind is a terrible thing to waste.
Our cats have a huge assortment of toys with which to play. But paws down, their favorite kind are cardboard boxes. Strategically placed around our house are boxes of various sizes and shapes which keep our two boys entertained for hours.
So after I watched, the delightful video, Simon’s Cat in the Box, I truly wished Simon had made more suitable arrangements to distract his kitty while packing his books. Had he thought ahead I am certain he wouldn’t have ended up in such dire straits.
Do you agree with my assessment? Let me know in a comment.