Scratching, chewing, hunting, viewing: enhancing the feline environment


Cats have natural needs that, when unmet, can lead to troublesome behaviors. Meghan E. Herron, DVM, DACVB, shares how to create an environment that serves those needs.

In an interview with dvm360®, Meghan E. Herron, DVM, DACVB, discussed ways to ensure cats needs are fulfilled by their environment. Maintaining a proper environment for cats can go a long way toward reducing stress, fear, and the resulting nuisance behaviors.

View the video below for the entire discussion. The following is a partial transcript.

Meghan E. Herron, DVM, DACVB: When we look at an enriched environment, we think about what [cats] are highly driven to scratching, chewing, hunting, and viewing are kind of the four things that I find..and I think if we hit all those, if we can provide for those 4 things...the cat has a pretty good life.

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