More and more angora cats these days are strictly indoor cats. They are protected from many contagious diseases, and injuries from other cats, dogs, and cars. But indoor turkish angora cats have more behavior problems like urinating or defecating where you don’t want them to, excessive grooming, or being aggressive towards people or other cats. Anxiety, dissatisfaction, frustration, and boredom may be the underlying problem.
There are some things you can do to enrich your cat’s environment that may help to avoid some of these problems.
You may be able to find locations in your house or apartment for perches, shelves, and scratching posts. Cats like to climb and explore things. Your angora cat may enjoy playing on a series of shelves, perhaps padded with carpet remnants, and at varying heights, close enough together so a cat can jump from one to another. Even a declawed cat may find entertainment in “pretend scratching” a vertical post covered with heavy fabric. Angora cats like to climb up to a high place, where they can sit and unobtrusively keep an eye on things. Maybe they’re pretending to be a leopard, waiting in a tree to ambush a deer.
Cat’s love to explore and investigate new things in their environment. When we buy something new, that comes in a big box, our cats love to jump into the box and hide and peek out. It’s even more fun for them, if I cut cat-sized holes in the box. It reminds me of when I was a kid, how we loved to build “forts” out in the woods. Sitting in a fort, we felt secure and ready to ambush any invaders or prey who might come into our territory.
You can roll the edges down a few turns on a large paper sack from the grocery store and make a toy that will keep your angora cat busy for hours. They love the rattly noise it makes when they run into it, and the way it rolls over with them inside.
You can also hide pieces of dry cat food in any of these cat toys and in other places around the house. You may even try hiding all of your cat’s food in small bunches throughout the house. I would, however, keep a record of where food is hidden. If your angora cat doesn’t find it, it may attract mice, ants, or other pests. And you should be sure hidden, undiscovered food doesn’t get moldy, or spoil.
If you have to nurse a sick angora cat at home, there are some things you can do to the environment that may speed recovery.
Make sure there is a place where your cat can get away from the commotion and noise, and feel safe. A sick angora cat may be more relaxed and recuperate more quickly, if he can feel “hidden” from possible threats. Fix a place for him that you can reach, if needed, and block off his access to hiding places you can’t reach.
Make sure fresh water is available and easy to reach. Unless your veterinarian advises otherwise, make palatable food available. Some sick cats will eat better when hand fed. it is very important for a sick cat to eat. And if your angora cat enjoys it, help him with his grooming by gently brushing and combing his fur. and whiskers.
Above all, use your imagination when you watch your cat. Try to look at things from his point of view, and ask the question, “If I were a cat, what would I like to have around here to play with?”