Behavior

January 2015 Issue

How Outwit Your Wily Escape Artist

Provide stimulation at home with hiding places and the chance to forage for food

You open the door for an unexpected visitor and your cat flees. Itís frustrating for you, potentially dangerous for your escape artist ó and a possible sign that itís time to add stimulation to his daily life. Cats adopted from a shelter may have been free roaming, with wide territories to explore, play and hide in. Now theyíre confined at home to keep them safe from speeding cars and potential fights with stray cats and wildlife that can maim or kill, says Tracy Kroll, DVM, an animal behaviorist in Fair Lawn, N.J.

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