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    Cat Stress: Causes and Solutions

    Just like with humans, cats can experience stress that may cause them to act in unpredictable ways. One of the most common causes of cat stress is when they perceive their environment to be unpredictable or unsafe. If the environment does not provide the cat what he needs, he reacts unfavorably.

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    Topics: Cat Stress Symptoms, Cat Socialization, Signs of Stress in Cats, Cat Stress, Cat Stress Relief, socializing a cat

    Why You Should Provide Environmental Enrichment for Your Cat

    Many pet owners don’t realize that cats need socialization and stimulation.

    Cats are characterized as “independent” or “self-reliant” and some people actually choose to bring them into their home because they are considered less “high-maintenance” than dogs.

    The truth is that cats do have these needs and providing an environment that addresses these needs is important. Cats still have all the characteristics that allow them to live a feral, undomesticated lifestyle, but think about the difference their “natural” environment looks like versus a home environment.

    You have to address socialization and stimulation in the home in order for the cat to live a full, happy life.

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    Topics: Signs of a Happy Cat, Environmental Enrichment, Cat Socialization, socializing a cat, Cat Toys

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