Would You Give Your Cat A Video Game Controller Or Sushi To Play With?

While we wish we could share everything with our BFFs (best feline friends), sadly, that’s just not possible. It could be that our kitties are more interested in napping than helping you explore a new hobby. Maybe you’re eating something that’s not safe to share. Or, it’s possible that you’re doing something that cats simply aren’t wired to do. For instance, you may enjoy playing video games or indulging in a fresh sushi roll (or two), but you know that neither … Read more

6 Tips For Helping Your Cat Stay Mentally Stimulated

Every cat parent knows that mental and physical stimulation is imperative for cats to live their happiest, healthiest (nine) lives. Cats are very instinctual creatures, so it’s important for them to be able to tap into their primal side. But sometimes, it’s helpful for us humans to have new ideas on how to entertain our kitties and keep things interesting! Below are 6 tips to help keep your cat mentally stimulated. 1. Try Training We get it: many cats aren’t … Read more

Why Your Cat Needs To Play

Almost all cats love to play. Kittens are bursting with energy, and though senior kitties may not have as much stamina, chances are, they still enjoy a game or two with you. We know that cats like to play… but did you know that they need this type of activity to stay healthy? According to Dr. Kathryn Primm, our go-to vet here at iHeartCats and owner of the Applebrook Animal Hospital, play is essential for a feline’s overall health. It’s mentally and … Read more

7 Essential Cat Toys To Keep Your Kitty Entertained

Exercise is crucial for your cat’s health and happiness. 25-40% of cats in the United States are overweight. Cats suffer many of the same health problems related to obesity that people do, so maintaining a healthy weight is crucial for extending your cat’s healthy years. Exercise is also critical for maintaining your cat’s happiness. Since most cats won’t walk nicely around the block with a leash on, the best way for them to get exercise indoors is to play with … Read more

5 Signs Your Cat Is Bored & How To Cure It

While kitties are usually pretty good at entertaining themselves, it doesn’t mean they don’t get bored. Although they love to nap, perch, and lounge, they also need their fair share of mental and physical stimulation. They’re often solitary creatures, but they still enjoy attention and interaction with you! If your cat starts acting unusual in any way, you should always consult your vet first. But if he gets a clean bill of health, consider whether he’s displaying one of these … Read more

Ask A Vet: Why Is Play Important For My Cat?

We all think play is fun, but did you know that play can actually improve your brain? It seems to be true for people and many other animals, including cats. We prioritize play for our human children – and it turns out we should as research indicates that children are happier and better adjusted if they have free play. Would it not stand to reason that play might also benefit our cats? Cats are not human, of course. They cannot … Read more