We usually consider cats to be low maintenance pets, that can easily be kept by anyone who is even slightly responsible. In reality however, that is not true. Cats often tend to get bored and sometimes even stressed over time. After all, they are felines and natural hunters. While they are cuddly and cute, they might cause problems as they grow curious.
These problems include scratching, pushing, and playing with things that they are not supposed to touch, such as your furniture or curtains. That being said, cats only do so to find a place they feel is stimulating, comfortable, and safe. That is why it is important for you to learn the basic needs of your cat and fulfill them, so both you and your cat can live peacefully.
Keep Things Interesting
After spending some time inside a house, life often becomes too monotonous for a cat. It is the same routine everyday which makes them feel lazy or curious. You need to keep their life interesting through different activities or else they will try to escape to get a little action. That means, as an owner, you must become creative.
As we have mentioned, cats are felines. That means they have a hunting instinct that needs to be satisfied. You can use that to your advantage and find alternatives for them to satisfy the instinct. Buying new toys every other week can help, but you need to be a bit more creative. That includes giving your cat some one on one time and playing with them.
You can exercise their hunting instincts by hiding their favorite treats all over the house (in limited quantities!). Activities like these will help keep them occupied for hours. Cat puzzles and toys are also widely available for this purpose.
Tire out Your Cat
You might not have noticed but your cat is practically an athlete. Even if you do not see it, it runs in their blood. You can always find ways to keep them running around, helping them exhaust their energy. A great option is to get laser pointers which will help keep your cats active as well. You can also find toys that look like mice, have feathers, give out different colored lights or move on their own.
We usually have so much going on in our life that we end up coming home late and are not able to spend time with our furry friends. That is very disappointing for cats and often makes them feel lonely. I this case, you might just have to get another cat. Pairing two cats will help you out a lot in the long run. They will end up playing together all day long, keeping each other busy and tiring themselves out.
Consider a Catio
If you have extra space in your backyard, you could always build a Catio for your cat. It will be a closed off space under the blue sky where your cat can safely play around and enjoy itself with the right toys.
Brush Your Furry Friend
Grooming your cat is an important aspect to keep in mind. They love to keep themselves in good shape which is why they lick themselves clean on a regular basis. In order to ensure that they don’t harm themselves, you need to brush their fur coat. It may be hard to do at first, but once they get used to it, they will enjoy being brushed.
One significant benefit is that you will get rid of all of their dead hair. Grooming will also give you a chance to check if your cat has any sort of lumps or sore spots which need to be treated by a vet in a timely manner.
Plenty of Litter Boxes
It is common practice to have one litter box per 1 or 2 cats, but having an additional one is also an option. You ideally need to keep those litter boxes nice and clean at all times. This, of course, could mean that you will have to clean the litter boxes more than once a day. The bright side is that you will be able to notice if there are any irregularities in their stool or urine, helping you keep a close eye on their health.
Clean Your Cat’s Teeth
Just like humans, cats need to keep their teeth clean or else they could end up with gum diseases or decaying teeth. That bacteria could also cause other diseases if it enters their bloodstream. Cats can not brush their own teeth, and their feline nature will not let you brush them either. In order to keep your cat’s teeth clean, visit your vet on a suitable time basis for this purpose.