Our cats are part of our family and so we want to be confident our home offers them a safe and relaxed environment in which to hunt, eat, groom and sleep - which is the natural cycle of life for every cat. Unfortunately some of our pets have not had a good start to life and come to us after being abandoned or badly treated. Needless to say these cats will have their own emotional baggage and who can blame them if they appear fearful, anxious, aggressive or reluctant to trust us again? Cats are natural hunters, one only has to see how young kittens chase after a ball of paper or ambush us from behind a cardboard box, to realise that it is in their DNA to chase insects, birds, leaves, feathers or a stuffed toy. This fact is recognised by the pet industry and there are now literally thousands of commercially available toys that mimic the scampering and flitting movements of mice, birds or insects.
To maintain both physical and mental health it is vital for cats to follow their instincts and spend time each day 'hunting', even if this is playing with a toy mouse or chasing a 'wand' toy. Regular play will ensure a cat's mind is kept stimulated, preventing boredom, relieving stress and keeping him or her fit and healthy. Outside factors can also upset our companions and loud noises, fireworks, changes to routine or the introduction of a new cat or baby, can all impact on their emotional well-being and subsequently their physical health.
Hilton Herbs - we'll always have the Natural Answer for a calm relaxed cat!