Cat cardboard box cat toy - cheap but good!
Owning a cat doesn't have to be expensive, they are quite easy to satisfy. Here's how to make your cat happy, but on a budget!
Cat cardboard box cat toy | Make it cheap
There are many reasons to buy your cat toys and equipment to play with, but such things rarely come cheap. Luckily, you don’t have to be rich to own a happy cat, as they are quite easy to entertain. They do not care if their toys aren’t the latest in French cat fashion and will settle for surprisingly cheap items. The most important thing about buying cat toys is its purpose, rather than aesthetic. An understimulated cat will become hard to deal with, which is why it’s better to settle for something rather than nothing to play with.
Cat cardboard box cat toy | An understimulated cat means trouble!
Cat equipment comes in all shapes and sizes, let alone at expensive prices. For many owners, just owning a cat is costly enough. But it will need some environmental enrichment to stimulate itself while you are busy or not home. A restless and lonely cat can develop destructive behaviour, and without any stimulants, they might develop some anxiety and stress.
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Cat cardboard box cat toy | If it fits, I sits! Budget cat-owning.
We have all seen pictures of cats who have folded themselves into a relatively small space in a box or something similar. If they can fit themselves into it, they will sit into it. Cats love tight tiny spaces because it gives them a sense of safety, like when they were living in a den with their mother. The surrounding walls in the box hide them and give them a false sense of security. They love having the option of not being seen!
Their love for hiding is a part of their instinct because felines are both predators and prey. With a den, they are safe from kitten-grabbing eagles and similar enemies.
This is why a cardboard box can be an excellent alternative for a cat tunnel, or a cat bed, or even with several boxes; you can piece together a castle. Much like children, they are not fuzzed about the materials their castle comes in.
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The advantages of building structures for your feline from cardboard boxes are plentiful. First of all, it is cheap. Second, only the imagination sets limits; you can build it as tall or wide as you wish. For almost no money, you can have both a cat bed and a tunnel if you want. Just make sure it is safe for your cat. The last thing you want is for it to get stuck in there.
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