The cats at Angel’s Rest are always happy to get a new perch, especially a room with a view! These towers are part of the ever-expanding Cat Village at Angel’s Rest and are supported by our wonderful donors and volunteers.
A few tips on resting and hiding – from Lisa Radosta, DVM, DACVB Florida Veterinary Behavior Service Jupiter, Florida
Resting cats observe their environment primarily via sight, sound, and smell. A typical indoor cat rarely has diversity in its environment except for what it can observe through a window. A cat that observes prey outdoors but does not have an outlet for its predatory drive may become frustrated and engage in stress-related displacement behavior and aggression. Hiding is a normal feline coping behavior. Cats should have tall vertical (eg, cat trees, shelving) and horizontal (eg, crinkle bags, cardboard boxes) spaces within their core area (ie, the most frequented area) so they can separate themselves from stressful interactions. A good guideline is to September 2014 • Social Environment Although cats have been labeled as solitary animals, they can have preferred associates, participate in mutual grooming and rubbing, form stable family groups, sleep in contact with other animals or humans, and maintain a social organization when food resources are adequate.Humans and dogs may be adequate social contact for cats in single-cat households. Training sessions should be no longer than 3 minutes, held before feeding, and terminated while the cat is still driven to interact. In addition, high-value rewards should be used, and cats should be trained individually. Clicker training can be highly effective (clickertraining.com). have one resting space and hiding space per cat in each room that the cat frequents. Hiding and resting areas can be made more enticing through positive reinforcement with catnip or treats.