Put a cat in a house and the cat will likely get bored just as fast as if you put a person in that same house and provided it with nothing but food or water. If you have a cat, make sure you provide it with plenty of mental and physical stimulation. That’s not just good advice but now it’s been proven in a scientific study as well.

University of Illinois researchers set up a temperature-controlled pole barn and included a two-level open structure, natural light, a giant climbing tree, furniture, toys, scented objects and lots of hiding holes for 35 cats. The emphasis on socialization, enrichment and training seemed to produce very adoptable and adaptable cats, according to the study.

So keep your cat stimulated with lots of toys and places to roam. Your cat will thank you and you’ll have a happier animal.

To read more about how mental stimulation is good for cats, click here.

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