Last year, Purina One opened up a pop-up cat café in New York City. Now, Purina One has opened up a “cat camp,” where people can learn about keeping cats healthy. The camp features hay bales and logs for fires, provided campers don’t mind that those logs are made out of cat food. This camp is located in the Nolita neighborhood of New York City.
According to a July 31, 2015 article in The Gothamist, the camp has stations where people can learn about cat behavior, including a pond of protected fish that cats can pounce on, climbable tree trunks for the cats alongside a climbing wall for people, and even a yoga studio. At the fireplace, veterinarian Debra Greco shows people how to check cats for full-body health.
Things like this are not only fun, but full of education that people need. We often think of cats as independent and aloof, and thus, find ourselves confused by certain behaviors. We also tend to assume that we’ll know if they need a trip to the vet, when the truth is that cats are masters at hiding illness. By the time they’re showing symptoms, they’re often much sicker than they would have been if we’d known what to look for.
Some of the things that Dr. Greco recommends for people living in apartments in New York City are floating shelves, or shelves on the walls, that allow cats to climb up high. They take up less space than cat trees, and accomplish many of the same things. Greco says that you can also hide some of your cat’s food on the shelves, and they can “hunt” for it.
These kinds of things are great enrichment for your cat, especially if she’s an indoor-only cat in a small apartment. Other great enrichment methods are puzzle feeders, and, of course, interactive playtime. Feathered wands and other such toys, where you and your cat interact, not only keep your cat happy, but also help to strengthen your bond with each other.
The best part of this cat camp, though, is all the adoptable cats! Purina One—and others—are getting creative in how they work to get more shelter cats adopted out. They come from Petfinder, according to The Gothamist’s story, and the camp has both kittens and adult cats, so every attendee who’s interested should be able to find a cat that’s a good fit.