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Keeping Your Cat Active Mentally and Physically


Kittens and cats are curious by nature. Finding activities to keep them mental and physically is a challenge, but essential to the health and wellbeing of your favorite feline friends.


Those “don’t play with your food” rules don’t apply to cats. Puzzle feeders and find-a-treat games are perfect for getting your cats to use their natural hunting instincts. Hiding small treats, small mice or ball toys around the home gives them a surprise treat throughout the day and keeps them active by searching for more.


Interactive playtime twice a day also helps with that hunting instinct and provides exercise too. Use a wand that has a string with feathers, ribbons or a mouse on the end to entice kitties to follow you through the house. Be sure to let them “catch the prize” so they stay interested. Change out the toys periodically to keep boredom at bay.


Cats are social creatures so having another cat in the home provides companionship when you’re not at home. It’s also a good idea to begin socializing kittens to guests at a young age. Take the time to introduce your new kittens to visitors so they won’t become stressed and try to hide.


Besides reducing shedding, grooming also strengthens the human/animal bond and socializes you cat. Grooming should be done at least weekly for a healthy coat and cleaner home.


Kitty condos and window perches are perfect for cats that love to climb and view the world from above. Be sure to use a condo with plenty of perches. Give them a change of view by moving the perch to different windows.

Hide and Seek

“If I fits, I sits” is a true statement for all felines. Empty boxes and paper bags provide hiding places for your cat to make sneak attacks on anyone brave enough to approach.  

Check out Coastal Pet’s offering of toys that are sure to keep your cats entertained for hours and grooming tools that will reinforce your bond with your favorite felines.


History of Morris Animal Foundation


It was the late 1930s when Dr. Mark Morris Sr., veterinarian and small animal practitioner, realized he had a problem. He was diagnosing kidney disease with alarming frequency in his veterinary practice, more than he had seen in the past. He began carefully looking at each dog’s environment and came up with a startling conclusion; dogs were eating large amounts of poor quality protein, which was producing too much waste for their kidneys to process. The end result was kidney failure.

Dr. Morris’s solution was to formulate his own diet, which he and his wife Louise made in their kitchen. The diet grew in popularity and eventually Dr. Morris partnered with Burton Hill and Hill Packing Company of Topeka, Kansas, to help produce the diet on a larger scale. Not long after, Prescription diet k/d was born.

Dr. Morris’s own experience told him that there was a need for scientific inquiry into diseases affecting pet animals. He envisioned an organization that would fund health research for animals, so he worked out an agreement with Hill that the royalties of one half-cent of each can would go into a special fund. In 1948, the Buddy Foundation was established, renamed Morris Animal Foundation in 1962.

Since 2010, Coastal Pet has supported Morris Animal Foundation and increased donations starting in 2013 through sale of its Pet Attire Styles Orange Brown Tan pattern collar, harness and leash. Donations from Coastal Pet help to support research programs at the foundation.

To date, Morris Animal Foundation has invested more than $100 million toward 2,400 studies that have improved the health and quality of life for dogs, cats, horses and wildlife worldwide. These studies have led to better preventions, diagnostic tools, treatment protocols, and even cures to benefit animals worldwide. Some of these breakthroughs have become industry gold standards and are used in every veterinary practice in the country.