Easter is one of those spring holidays that everyone wants to enjoy with their cats, but no one really knows how to do that. We love celebrating holidays with our best feline friends, and Easter is no exception, but other than putting bunny ears on your cat, what else can you do? We have some suggestions that you and your cat will both enjoy!
Easter is uniquely suited to cater to our cats’ hunting skills. Cats love to hunt and they don’t really care what they’re hunting, as long as there is a reward at the end of it. This year, help your cats out by creating a hunt they can get into:
1. The Easter Food Forage
Turn any plastic Easter egg into a food hunt by filling specially designed, egg-shaped cat food puzzles with high-value cat treats and cat food. These puzzle toys help slow your cat’s eating and encourage their natural foraging skills.
2. The Bunny Hutch Hunt
For anyone who wishes they could let their cats outdoors once in a while, but has a cat who is prone to escape, don’t worry – there are lots of fun ways you can bring the great outdoors to your cat. Outdoor enclosures are perfect for any clowder of cats.
Just set up the enclosure, make sure all areas are secure, and hide your cat’s favorite treats and catnip inside. This will keep your cats safe and entertained while you sit outside with them. Remember to never leave your cats unsupervised in any outdoor enclosure.
3. Empty Egg Shell Feeder
We almost always have empty egg cartons lying around the house during Easter, so why not make a cat puzzle feeder? These are very simple to do. Just fill each container with your cat’s normal meal, but portion it out into 12 compartments. This is a great way to get your cat to slow his eating down during the stressful holidays and avoid the dreaded “scarf and barf” that is so common with cats that eat too fast.
4. The Herbal Resurrection
Only about 60 percent of cats respond to catnip, but nearly all of them respond to valerian root. Just cut a piece of cloth from any old remnant and place the catnip and valerian root on one side. Place a styrofoam egg in the center and quickly use the cloth to cover the egg so the catnip is just under the cloth.
Use a twist tie to secure the ends and you have a brand new cat toy that is the perfect size for your cat. Now place the eggs around the house and let your cat go on his own Easter egg hunt!
5. The Faux Fur Bunny Hop
If your cat really isn’t into food treats, there are plenty of other things you can do. For instance, the Easter Bunny toy drag is a fun way to get your furball moving! Using a wand toy, attach a faux fur cat toy to the end and use it to mimic the action of bunnies moving across the floor. Faux fur is a great way to get your cats exercising during the holidays.
These are just a few fun ways you can include your cat in your Easter festivities! By giving your little hunter a new way to play, you’ll keep him entertained and prevent the behavioral issues that so commonly come along with boredom.
How else do you like to celebrate the holidays with your best feline friend?
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