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Common Mistakes Made by New Cat Parents



14. No Environmental Enrichment for Your Cat

A cat is a hunter and she needs stimulation and the opportunity for discovery. Many behavior problems are the result of a boring environment. Your cat needs interactive playtime, solo play, places to scratch, cozy hideaways for napping, elevated areas for climbing and perching, and time with YOU. She also needs to feel secure in her environment. Look around and evaluate whether your environment is really cat friendly.

Want More Information?

For comprehensive information on raising a well-adjusted cat and not a sour puss, refer to the best-selling book Think Like a Cat by Pam Johnson-Bennett. Be sure and check out  CatWise  as well. In this new book, Pam answers 150 of the most-asked cat behavior questions. Pam’s books are available at bookstores everywhere, through your favorite online book retail site and also right here on our website.


For more information on cat behavior and training, refer to the articles on our website and the best-selling books by Pam Johnson-Bennett. If you have a question about your cat’s behavior or health, contact your veterinarian. This article is not intended as a medical diagnosis nor is it a replacement for your cat’s regular veterinary care. This article is for general information purposes only.



  1. I love this post. I had a cat for eleven years and she was a joy to be around. I had tons of hanging toys for her to play with, scratch posts to scratch and balls to chase.

    She was shy around strangers but when they started shaking her toys she would be right there with all her love.

    I also knew her signs of “That’s enough mama time to relax.” The swishing tail, ears back or eyes narrowed.

    I received a lot of joy from my days with her and she was well looked after. When I found her the vet told me don’t expect a long time, two years at most but she out did them and made it 11 great healthy years with the proper care.

    When you get a cat you need the same attitude as getting a dog and understand there is work and training involved as you would a dog.

  2. Outdoor cats are also more than decimating our song birds.

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