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Feline Good

Keeping shelter kitties happy and healthy doesn’t have to be complicated—or costly

Keeping shelter kitties happy and healthy doesn’t have to be complicated—or costly

A resident at the SPCA Serving Erie County, N.Y., pokes his head out a "door" in one of the shelter's feline playgrounds. LAURA GRAHAM/SPCA SERVING ERIE COUNTY
Given their nature, what do cats need to feel happy?

They need to scratch. They need to stretch. They need the opportunity to hide, perch, and pounce. They need to feel safe. And they need to feel loved, not forgotten. That means time spent being petted, stroked, hugged, and soothingly talked to.

These are the basics of caring, responsible cat ownership. They’re also the building blocks of any good cat enrichment program at an animal shelter.

There's a growing movement in shelters around the country to provide such advantages to their feline residents, putting kitties on par—for the first time, in many cases—with dogs and the quality of care and enrichment they’ve long been receiving.

Want to get in on the trend? It starts with shelter staff, volunteers, and potential pet adopters changing their mindset, their overall attitude toward cats.

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