Enrichment provides an animal in captivity with stimulation that provokes mental and physical stimulation. Animal enrichment is crucial to all captive animals, whether domestic animals such as dogs and cats or bobcats, parrots, bears, tigers, and iguanas. Wild animals are constantly surrounded by their natural environment’s smells, sounds, and challenges. When we remove an animal from an environment that has shaped the species for thousands of years, without proper physical enrichment enabling them to display their species-specific behaviors, the animal may become overweight and inactive, resulting in many health problems that go along with that.
Some examples of enrichment may include perfume or mild spice scents, boxes with treats inside, new items in the habitat, and hiding food for foraging.