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Flicks for Felines

Recent Animal Sheltering articles have featured strategies that encourage cats to stop being litter box couch potatoes. But when cats want to kick back and relax like their human friends, the cat room at the Arizona Humane Society in Phoenix offers entertainment that many of its residents can’t resist.

After watching their own cats’ behavior at home, several shelter workers came up with the idea of playing videos for shelter cats, says Kim Noetzel, vice president of marketing and community relations. A donation of funds two years ago led to the organization’s purchase and installation of three combination TV/VCRs in the cat room of the Nina Mason Pulliam Campus for Compassion. The TVs, which are suspended from the ceiling, are enrichment of the high-tech variety: “We wanted to find a way to entertain and stimulate the cats,” says Noetzel.

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