It’s a Jungle Out There: Your Indoor Cat’s Needs! #NutrishPets

Rachael Ray Nutrish has sponsored this post, but all opinions are my own.

After experiencing one of the worst droughts in Texas history, I’ll never again say “rain, rain, go away”…but I do have to admit that our spring showers are getting a little tiresome. Day after day of drizzly weather has left me indoors and a little restless…which made me think about the restlessness our indoor cats just might experience.

As you know, Inca, Ochi and Lucky are strictly indoor-only cats, partly due to our coyote population, like this visitor who stood at our fence this winter. It’s a jungle out there!

Since they’re indoors all the time, we really try to think of ways to enrich our cats’ lives with play and fun, like their screened catio. Recently Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® sent us a box of some goodies specially chosen for those indoor days, from healthy snacks for us to toys and grow-your-own-catnip-greens for your cat. Indoor living can be just as interesting as outdoor fun, bringing the excitement of that outdoor jungle right into your home!

All of our goodies came inside of what we all know is so often our cats’ favorite toy: a box! This jungle of a box is ready for some creative coloring but, before I could grab my supplies, Lucky decided the box was just perfect like it was!

Of course, his move did not go unnoticed by Ochi…

Soon both cats, who had been napping before the appearance of the box, were busily engaged in play…

With something as simple as a box with a “door” cut in the side, both Ochi and Lucky were energized and ready to explore their new “jungle cave.”

Meeting Your Indoor Cat’s Needs

Meeting the special needs of indoor kitties extends beyond play and into diet as well. Rachael Ray Nutrish has introduced Indoor Complete Chicken with Lentils & Salmon Recipe, a natural food for cats with added vitamins, minerals and taurine. This recipe contains a real superfood blend to meet the complete needs of your adult indoor cat–and you’ll find it right where you shop for your family’s groceries!

This new Chicken with Lentils and Salmon food was a huge hit in our home, and it’s easy to see why:

  • Real U.S. farm-raised chicken is always the #1 ingredient, plus real salmon.
  • Lentils are naturally rich in fiber and protein and low in fat. They help support healthy metabolism and optimal body weight.
  • Dandelion greens and pumpkin are nutrient and fiber rich. Dandelion greens also contain natural prebiotics to aid in healthy digestion.
  • Cranberries and blueberries are antioxidant-rich fruits that are great sources of essential vitamins and minerals, like Vitamin C, to help support a healthy immune system.
  • Safely USA cooked with the world’s best ingredients.
  • No ground corn, wheat, soy or poultry by-product meal.

This food is intended for adult cats 1 year or older, and, as with transitioning with any new foods, you’ll want to gradually introduce the food by mixing it with your current cat food over the course of 7-10 days. Slowly replace your cat’s current food with Indoor Complete until you’ve completely replaced your cat’s old food with the new food.

Supporting Homeless Pets

Along with all the great reasons to love the food itself, we also love the impact that this food–and all the Nutrish foods–makes in helping the homeless pet population. Rachael’s Rescue® was created for all of the forgotten pets – the ones who might not have someone who loves them as much as they deserve. A portion of proceeds from each sale of Nutrish is donated to The Rachael Ray Foundation, which helps animals in need through Rachael’s Rescue. Through December 2016, Rachael’s Rescue has donated more than $17.5 million to pet charities and other organizations that do good for animals. The funds are used for food, medical supplies, treatments, and more for animals in need. Many more animals around the country need help, and through Rachael’s Rescue, together we can make a difference in the lives of many four-legged friends!

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How Do You Like to Enrich Your Indoor Days?

As I head over to color the new jungle box that Lucky so quickly claimed, I want to share some of the goodies that Nutrish shared with me! Leave a comment below about your favorite indoor fun with your cat and be entered to win the beautiful Magical Jungle adult coloring book with a set of coloring pencils to brighten even the rainiest indoor day!


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  1. Sandy Weinstein says:

    we play all sorts of games, with training in mind. we play keep away, run up and down the hallways, play catch with the toys. i have a large covered deck as well, and sometimes we will play on the deck if the weather is bad as well. sometimes i will clean out their toy chest to throw away torn up toys but the girls dont like that, i throw it away and they go get it and bring it back.

    • My girls love ping pong balls, even bottle caps. Rosie plays hockey with them. Of course the mousiy’s lol. Not real of course. Rosie goes nuts for blue mousey. Princess has a turquoise and pink fuzzy mouse she thinks is her baby, she carries it in her mouth while meowing. The ball in the circle toy is also a favorite. Rosie has nearly destroyed a peacock feather

    • Love the coloring book. I have several, very relaxing and my girls love to play with the colored pencils

  2. desiree says:

    it depend on the weather we do craft if rain or break and then we wlkl LOT

  3. My favorite cat activity is to snuggle and cuddle while theirs is to help me in my office. They love to walk on the keyboard or shuffle my papers. I keep cat perches and elevated platforms with pillows for them to enjoy their favorite activity – lizard watching through the windows closely followed by bird watching.

  4. Theresa Spaid says:

    In their younger days Mushu and Sneaky Pie loved their small stuffed animals. Now being 17 and 11 years old they are not as active and like cuddling and giving each other baths.

  5. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says:

    We play with his ball in the family room. It’s his favorite activity whether we’re inside or outside.

  6. Cheryl A says:

    My cats all loved tease poles, now having a dog guess what toys she loves? But she needs longer poles.

  7. Cheryl Chervitz says:

    Both of mine like to play with tug toys, so we pull and tug quite a bit.

  8. Susan P. says:

    My cats love for me to play with them by throwing their toys and they run after them, sometimes bringing them back. They love to chase each other around the house.

  9. patricia caradonna says:

    I love playing with my cat Patrick. I have a laser light that he enjoys chasing. He is such a good cat!

  10. Dawn Rasor says:

    We play with toys, we play hide & seek (go in a closet and call the dog and he comes looking and I jump out and go BOO and he gets all excited! We do this over and over hiding in a different place each time, and yes, I’m ok with my crazy!!! ) and we also love to snuggle.

  11. MARLA KING says:

    We watch the TV together at night.

  12. sherry butcher says:

    we play with one toy in side and sit in the big recliner to watch the new.

  13. Shelley Joy P says:

    Our favorite indoor activity we love to share with the cats and dogs is bird and critter watching out the window 🙂 We also play hide and seek, get/hunt it and chase.

  14. Regina Elliott says:

    We call it “Go Fish” and the cat and dog both play together and it’s a blast

  15. Sharon Gilbert says:

    Our favorite activity is playing find mommy under the blanket, and playing crazy dog.

  16. Marilyn Nawara says:

    We play ball in the house about 5 time a day.

  17. Tammy Horn says:

    My cats like to play fetch up and down the stairs.

  18. We play a lot of games with all kinds of toys, both store-bought and hand-made, with our cats. We also use “leisure time” (like watching TV) to brush them out while they lunge in our laps.

  19. Playing fetch and hide n sneek

  20. patricia skinner says:

    We play fetch.

  21. Hanging out on the couch at night watching tv is fun. Also throwing hairbands around and having the animals chase and bring it back.

  22. I play catch with my cat he brings back small ball. Loves batting stuff with his paw. when he get tired he lays on floor and bats toy to daughter and she bats it back

  23. Lesley F says:

    They like to play with their toys; especially me throwing their ball

  24. Emily Endrizzi says:

    Snuggling is our favorite indoor activity.

  25. merry partridge says:

    Laying on the couch watching TV !

  26. Snuggling and giving belly rubs to our happy cats is the best! Thanks and God Bless!

  27. My favorite is snuggling with my cat on the couch, watching TV 🙂

  28. play with a ball.

  29. Jennifer Dace says:

    To have a cuddle up in the recliner and watch a movie.

  30. Christine Aiello says:

    We love to play tug of war and hide and seek in the house.

  31. We like to cuddle on the coach and watch Human TV as well as cat TV (looking out the window at the birds and squirrels)

  32. Jennifer A says:

    We love to snuggle up with blankets

  33. We like to play catch with stuffed toys inside! 🙂

  34. Tara Liebing says:

    My cat loves to chase string and his mouse toy around the house. He also likes to help me make the bed which is more fun for him than me.

  35. We play with the toy where the cat chases a ball around the inside of a toy, then we move on to the feather on a stick… My furboy LOVES it! I feed him a few snacks before moving on to play tickle the paws and giving ear scritches, and when he’s tired he jumps into my 6 month olds bassinet to cat nap!

  36. Sarah Oswald says:

    My favorite activity to do with my cat and dog is to make them work for their treat since they need the excercise since they are over weight and the will really work for that treat. they love it and the treat.

  37. I don’t own a cat.

  38. Daniel Scott says:

    We like to hide small low cal treats for them to find. They love this game.

  39. Lisa Williams says:

    My cat Juliet and I snuggle on the couch,she has a routine where every time I sit down she gets on my lap but she likes to chase my husband around the house biting at his ankles,it looks so funny.

  40. We enjoy a variety of indoor activities from puzzles to tricks to scent games and more 🙂

  41. Melissa Crisp says:

    Our favorite indoor activity is sleeping. My boy is lazy.

  42. erin whitty says:

    our favorite activity is tag 🙂

  43. My cat loves chasing a laser, and sleeping right on top of us at night.

  44. We play with his toys

  45. Marie B. says:

    Does napping count? 😆

    Actually, they LOVE ping pong balls! Bouncing them on the kitchen floor brings kitties running from all over the house to jump, bounce and chase!

  46. Rogue loves to have me throw his ball.

  47. Wanda Banks says:

    We play fetch inside the house and she loves it.

  48. Cindy Conner Bowling says:

    Our cat loves for us to throw a ball that has a bell in it. She will chase it all over the house and then bat it back to you to throw again.

  49. Sally Gearhart says:

    I have 4 cats and my oldest is 12 but you would never guess because she plays as much as the kittens do. She loves her cat condo with all the toys and they all love the activity bowl i got them.

  50. Joyce Bunch says:

    I’m trying to enter the information needed for the coloring book giveaway. I am only able to enter my email address and my name. Is there a way you can enter this for me?

  51. Joyce Bunch says:

    Both of my babies have passed away and now I have a Boston terrier. We loved pamper time, combing, brushing, that was the best time.

  52. ellen beck says:

    What is your favorite indoor activity to share with your pets?

    I have 5 cats and forr each it is something different! They all like playing with a feather teaser but depending on age depends on how long it lasts. All but one LOVES catnip. Other times they love to sit and be petted. One likes me to read to him.

  53. Amy Tolley says:

    Playing games in doors is my favorite way or crafts this is another great way to have activities indoors…

  54. Sandra McFadden says:

    We love playing with empty boxes I throw crumpled up foil wrappers for them to chase in the boxes. They also love playing with a laser light.

  55. Our favorite “activity” is no activity…My cat, Smokey, likes to cuddle and snooze with me on a big puffy chair in front of a tower heater…heavenly!

  56. Melissa Crisp says:

    Our favorite indoor activity is sleeping. My boy is lazy.

  57. Arik Issan says:

    Indoors my pup is not very active… she loves to be lightly scratched about the ear or continually pet on her head until she naps. She is more of an outside dog… she loves to run and claim the whole outdoors as her own.

  58. debra hall says:

    mine love to get their hair brushed

  59. patricia caradonna says:

    My cat Patrick loves to chase his tail. So we play chase the tail game.

  60. Cristine Natkin says:

    Caspian & I play chase around the house, which always ends with panting from both of us collapsing on the floor and hugging.

  61. Alyce Poalillo says:

    We love to watch the wild turkeys and the horses from the safety of our dining room window.

  62. Sue Brandes says:

    We love to play with the feather toys and balls.

  63. Tracy Shafer says:

    They all love playing with feathers.

  64. Katt Lewis says:

    watching them chase the lazer light all over the room.

  65. Bea Alexandra says:

    My favorite activity with my silly boxers is to play indoor Frisbee or hide and seek. I hide in a room and they seek me. I squeak with one of their toys and then run off to another room. It sounds kind of crazy as I type it but we all have fun 🙂

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