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Easy DIYs for Indoor Enrichment for Cats and Dogs

Easy DIYs for Indoor Enrichment for Cats and Dogs

Did you know that just 5 minutes of “brain work” is more tiring for pets than a 30-minute walk?

And the best part is that it can be done indoors. So be it the hot and humid summers of UAE, sand storms, or heavy showers keeping you indoors, you can still keep your pet engaged and entertained with these toys or simple DIYs.

Before we dive into these enrichment ideas, let’s understand what enrichment actually is and how it is helpful.

Simply put, enrichment is engaging your pet in natural species-appropriate behaviours that stimulate their mind; like sniffing, foraging, playing, licking, chasing, and chewing.

This results in our pets’ bodies releasing endorphins which reduce stress, anxiety, and boredom, while promoting happiness.

Also, having enrichment activities with your pets strengthens the bond between you and your pet.

Looking at the health benefits mentioned above, enrichment for pets should be considered mandatory rather than optional.

So ready for brain games? Let’s play!

Snuffle Mats

Snuffle mats are flat, large mats that come in a variety of different shapes and sizes. Typically, they’re made of fabrics where you can sneak some treats in.

Cat and Dog sniffing through their snuffle mats

So simply lay down the snuffle mat on the floor flat and scatter some treats across it (in the hiding spaces) and let your pets treat themselves to a sniffari adventure. And it's not just for dogs, but snuffle mats are a great cat enrichment DIY idea too.

For hiding treats in a snuffle mat, we recommend using our Premium Freeze-dried Treats for making your pet’s adventure even more enjoyable.

By the time they finish their adventure and reward themselves with treats, they will have hours of sniffing entertainment up their paws, all while being indoors. And while such sniffari adventures might not be very appealing to us, humans, they're one of the most pet-engaging ideas for cats and dogs.

In case you don’t have a snuffle mat, place some treats in the middle of a towel, roll it end to end, and tie a loose knot to keep the treats in the centre.

Offer it to your pets and enjoy watching them have their enrichment time indoors.

Lickimats

Lickimats are feeding mats, especially designed for pets to slow down their mealtimes by them having to lick their food.

A cat and dog licking their food off a Lickimat

This act of pets licking their food alleviates stress, creates mental stimulation and can redirect all licking habits - good or bad.

In addition to our Premium Freeze-dried Treats, you can also use our Lickimats to serve Furchild Meals and our Toppers and Hydrators.

Moreover, our Lickimats are easy to use, non-toxic, and dishwasher-safe. And when we talk about enrichment, our collection of Lickimats is an easy way to make mealtime more enriching and fulfilling.

The licking behaviour not only reduces anxiety and boredom for pets but stimulates saliva production and aids digestion. Moreover, when it comes to enrichment activities for cats, Lickimats are a simple and easy solution.

So next time you want to enrich your pet’s mealtime, use a Lickimat!

Food Enrichment Toys

Next on the list are enrichment toys. We would say, it’s a non-negotiable for dogs.

Similar to Lickimats, our Puzzle’n Play Mushroom Dog Toy can be used as a dog enrichment DIY to one-up the level of enrichment. Simply, stuff your dog's food in this toy, and see how it enhances the licking behaviour, which in turn provides mental stimulation.

Slow Feeder Puzzle'n Play Mushroom Toy

Also, this toy's interactive design and flat bottom make it easy for your dog to hold it in place. And you can use it with our Premium Freeze-dried Treats, Furchild Meals, or even our Toppers and Hydrators.

Or just like a snuffle mat, you could hide some treats in your pet’s plush toy and let them have it. And then watch how this DIY dog enrichment idea serves as a puzzle for your dogs to figure out how they would get the treats.

The food and toys combination not only provides great mental stimulation but works seamlessly in keeping your pets indoors while keeping them engaged and entertained.

Muffin Trays

This one’s for beginners and quite simple. You can use a muffin tray. Drop in a treat in the baking cavity and put a tennis ball or other pet toys over it.

If your pet is completely new to such puzzles and enrichment, show them what’s under the ball or toy and the fact that they can move it to get their treats. It's simple, it's straightforward, which makes it a great cat enrichment DIY idea.

Dog trying to get treats from his muffin tray puzzle

You can also use the muffin tin upside-down to cover treats on the floor. And then, encourage your pets to be explorers. Let them discover what turning muffin tins can get them.

And for such enrichment brain games, satisfy your pet with the real taste of raw with our 14 varieties of Premium Freeze-dried Treats.

Raw Bones and Himalayan Chews

More than just a DIY for dog enrichment…

Chewing on Raw Bones and Himalayan Chews can be a great source of mental stimulation and provide hours of healthy chewing entertainment for pets, outdoors as well as indoors.

To make it even better, Furchild offers a variety of Raw Bones to choose from. Try our raw meaty bones; Chicken Necks, Duck Necks, Turkey Necks, or our recreational raw bones; Lamb Femurs and Beef Marrow Bones. These raw bones make tasty treats that also provide enrichment.

Dog enjoying his Himalayan Dog Chew

More about the Himalayan Chews… They’re made using an ancient recipe from the Himalayas using traditional farming practices. And with only four 100% natural ingredients, these chews are the best chews for 10 specific reasons other than just keeping your pets engaged.

A few tips to remember

  • It is always recommended to supervise your pets while they have their enrichment activities to prevent any potential hazards.

  • The above enrichment ideas are not a replacement for physical exercise, which is necessary for all pets.

Every pet is unique. So is what appeals to them. And we would love to know how these indoor enrichment DIYs work for you.

So if you record your furchildren partaking in any of these enrichment activities, simply tag us @furchildpets and share the love with the entire Furchild family!

Aug 2023

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