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Scratching posts/pads are important to cats for scent marking and stretching, as well as for grooming their claws.

The scratching pad must be placed at a height where cats can stand on their hind legs and get a complete stretch in their back when scratching. In smaller enclosures, a smaller (usually cardboard) scratcher can be attached to the cage door.

Purchase inexpensive cardboard scratching pads and tie them to the front of the cage using twist ties. You can also tie carpet remnants to the front of the cage using plastic zip ties.

Kitty Hammock  cat icon

Cats like to make use of vertical spaces in their environment, so a kitty hammock would be a perfect addition to an individual or communal room setting.

cats laying in hammocks

Photo adapted from material on the ASPCApro website.

Find instructions on how to make a cat hammock.

Fishing Game  cat icon

Fill a shallow container with water and a few floating toys (ping pong balls work well). This can only be done in a playroom or communal room where there is a sufficient amount of space

cats fishing for ping pong balls

Tissue Paper (or Newspaper)  cat icon
Cats enjoy playing with crinkled up paper. Staff can wad up the tissue paper into a loose ball and throw it in their cage. In communal rooms, you can toss the paper ball around to interact with the cat.
Hide and Seek Paper Bag  cat icon
Use large cat-sized paper bags, with a toy or treat inside to encourage the cat to play hide and seek.

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