By Dr. Becker
If you’re a regular visitor to Mercola Healthy Pets, you know that I often mention the importance of environmental enrichment for dogs, and especially, indoor-only cats. Just like their humans, pets need regular mental stimulation to fight off boredom and the undesirable behaviors that go along with it.
Since the majority of indoor-only cats rarely leave the house, it can be particularly challenging to keep a housecat physically and mentally active, especially if kitty spends a lot of time alone. So I was very interested to learn recently about a YouTube channel called Videos for your cat.
The channel features videos of birds, fish, insects and wildlife in high definition, with sound. The videos range in length from about five minutes to over two and a half hours.
I wasn’t able to try out the videos with my cats because being cats, they weren’t in the mood when I needed them to be. However, based on some of the comments on the videos, it seems mirroring them on a TV set works best for capturing the attention of resident kitties.
Also from the comments, it seems some cats are immediately entranced by the videos, while others don’t give them a second glance. Hopefully your own fuzzy friend will find a favorite video or two.
If you’re looking for entertainment options for a bored canine, in a few months -- and for a monthly fee of $5.99 -- you can receive the DogTV channel via the DirecTV satellite service.
DogTV, the self-proclaimed first and only TV network for dogs is “designed to comfort animals and stave off loneliness when pet owners are out of the house,” according to Bloomberg.com.
According to the company’s website:
"DOGTV provides television for dogs as a 24/7 digital TV channel with dog - friendly programing scientifically developed to provide the right company for dogs when left alone. Through years of research with some of the world’s top pet experts, special content was created to meet specific attributes of a dog’s sense of vision and hearing and supports their natural behavior patterns. The result: a confident, happy dog, who's less likely to develop stress, separation anxiety or other related problems."
DogTV is also available online for $9.99 a month (packages are also available), and if you live in California, it’s being offered as an on-demand channel for Cox Communications customers at $4.99 a month.