5 Ways to Make Your Cat Happy
Just like us humans, cats experience a wide range of emotions, some of which can be negative. When we give no effort to making our feline friends happy, boredom, depression, and loneliness can ensue. Luckily, cats are not as complicated as we are, and keeping them happy is not something that requires a lot of work, especially once you’ve learned what your kitty likes, and doesn’t like. Mostly, all they need is the basics, like food, shelter, water, a bit of love, and an environment they feel comfortable in. Keep them happy, and you will be able to enjoy their endless, reassuring purrs and love from one of the fluffiest animals in the world.
Here are five easy ways to keep your cat happy!
5-Make your home a Cat Sanctuary
Making your home more fun and challenging for your kitty will help to reign in their boredom and keep both you and your feline friend happy. Cat behaviorist Jackson Galaxy has coined the term “Catification,” the process in making your cat’s environment more productive and better suited to their unique personalities. Keeping your home a comfortable space for your cat with make them relaxed and a more content member of the family. So how do you make your home a sanctuary for your cat? Here are a few ways, but always remember to watch your cat first, learn their personality, and act accordingly.
Offer lots of places for your cat to move about. Cats, especially adventurous ones, will always want to jump, climb, stretch, scratch and sleep, so providing them with the means to do this will help keep them happy. Try using cat trees and shelves, scratching posts and cat condos. Place their furniture strategically to allow for them to be able to jump between them. Try to identify your cat’s personal preference, as some cats prefer to spend their time with their feet planted on the ground, while others you will find it hard to get down from up high.
4-Keep an Eye On Your Cat’s Health
While most of the time, your cat will be in good health, it’s essential to always be vigilant for signs that something is wrong, as your cat won’t be able to tell you straight up in they’re in pain or not. They won’t enjoy a trip to the vet, but in the long run, making sure to keep yearly checkups done will keep them happy and healthy. Also, make sure they’ve got all the shots they need. Your vet will always be able to advise you on everything you need to do as an owner, especially for younger cats, when you first get them.
A healthy kitty equals a happy kitty!
3-Give Your Cat Attention, and Provide Them With Entertainment
Cats, especially indoor cats, can get bored very quickly. When left alone all day with nothing to do, even the laziest of cats will begin to fester negative emotions and behaviors. Cats love adventure, to work on their hunting skills, so try to keep them entertained when you’re home, with ways to exercise this instinct. Your cat should have plenty of toys to play with, like a wind-up mouse they can chase, or toys filled with catnip, or a wand toy with a feather on the end to dance around their face. Automatic toys are also a good option for anyone who isn’t home as much as they’d like to be. When you are home though, take the time, even just fifteen minutes, to play with your cat.
Keep things interesting by switching up their toys, like dogs, they can get bored if doing the same thing over and over again. Hide old toys and bring them out every few months to bring back the excitement. Laser pointers are also an easy way to keep your cat entertained for hours, but always be mindful if using them indoors, as they may become a hazard when your cat jumps for the television set! Avoid using string or thread to entrain your cat as this is a very easy choking hazard, especially for young kittens. They can get tied up having too much fun, and this can be dangerous.
Remember, a tired kitty equals a happy kitty. Spending time every day with them, playing games will exhaust them, and they will have no room for boredom.
2-Keep Your Litter Box in a Good Place
It may not seem important to you, but the location of the kitty litter (and even the food bowl) can upset your kitty. Keeping it in the same place, especially when toilet training your kitten, can build good toilet habits and keep them happy. If your cat’s tray is somewhere they don’t like, they may stop using it, and opt for a more unconventional place to poop, like under your bed, or behind a shelf. Always consider the following when choosing a place to park your kitty’s rear.
- Keep the litter box in a private area, away from too much noise and people running around. Like humans, your cat will want their privacy when going to the toilet, so try to have it somewhere like the laundry, bathroom or a hallway that isn’t frequented as much. If you have to have it somewhere like the living room, put it in a more secluded space, or try to use curtains to give them the privacy they crave.
- Don’t put the kitty litter box near their food bowls. Again, like us, your cat doesn’t want to have to eat where they poop, and vice versa. It’s best to keep their food bowls in the kitchen or dining room, or near a back door, rather than somewhere like the bathroom or laundry. If you have to have them together, try using a small partition, to keep your cat from seeing their try while they’re eating.
Remember to think about how you would feel, if you were in their shoes, when placing their litter tray, and if you have to move it, slowly move it over a few days, rather than just making a sudden change. Your cat will thank you for it later.
1-Grow Cat Grass For Them to Nibble On
Cats naturally like to nibble on grass. For outdoor cats, access to this is effortless, especially if you live in a home with ample garden space. For indoor cats though, this can be a little bit harder. There are many plants you can grow inside that are not only beneficial for your cat’s health but will keep them happy as they chew away on them. Here are some plants you can grow for them.
- Cat Thyme
- Licorice Root
It won’t take long to grow most of these plants. Putting them on a windowsill in a planter box will not only give your cat the chewing they love but provide them with a beautiful view of the outdoors in the process. Cat’s enjoy sitting on windows, as it gives them a look outside and can often provide them with the heat of the sun that they love. After planting your grass, typically they will be ready for your cat to enjoy within a week.