Cats are territorial creatures. They are very particular about their surroundings, and their environment means everything to them! Different cats have different preferences with regards to their surroundings. Some like to stay indoors whereas others prefer to leave the house from time to time. Whatever the case may be, the following suggestions for making your home cat friendly can work for all types of cats.
Before we begin, you should know that cats usually choose where they want to eat, where they relieve themselves, and where they prefer sleeping. As such, it can be quite confusing to figure out how to give your cat all the comfort and peace it needs. There is, however, no need to worry, as we are here to help you out.
Showering your cat with love and providing it with food and shelter is not always enough. That being said, these are the top few things that cats care about. A sufficient amount of the desired food and a comfortable bed are things that lead to the happiest of cats. Once you have the basics covered, you can move on to other needs.
Not every home is perfect for a cat, but that is why we are here to explain what changes need to be made. To make your home cat friendly, it needs to be safe as well as stimulating. You have to enrich their environment which basically means that you need to create an environment which will push the cat to exhibit its natural behavior.
Cats, like all animals, naturally require freedom so they can live the way they want to. By making them live indoors, we almost eliminate their chances of doing just that. They may very well adapt themselves to the indoor environment, but that can cause a number of problems in terms of their emotional and physical health. This often happens due to boredom and less activity.
You need to make sure that your cat gets some sort of activity that is associated with their natural habitat. That may include exploring new areas, having social contact with other cats, and hunting their own prey. Do not let them spend all their time doing the easy things, like sleeping and eating, which can sometimes make their health worse.
Cats often like clutter and somewhat messy places, for example a room full of furniture to jump from one place to another. It gives them a sense of belonging by walking around unnoticed through random things. You’ve now most probably understood the basics to an extent, so let’s get into the details!
Creating a Cat Friendly Home
You need to create an environment where you and your cat can both live together comfortably. To do so, you might have to compromise on your own preferences!
Cats are shy creatures, and that is why you might find them hiding in a corner of your home. They are often exceptionally shy while drinking water. Make an effort to keep their water bowl away from entrances, sitting areas, or even passageways, where you know a lot of people could be present.
Cats often have urges to scratch whatever comes under their paws. They might do that to your furniture or curtains. That is why every cat owner needs a scratch post, which should be placed near the entrances or sleeping areas as cats tend to scratch when they wake up. A scratch post will allow the cat to fulfill its desire to scratch while also ensuring that your furniture and valuables remain scratch free.
Remember to have a high enough scratch post, so that your cat will be able to stretch to its full potential.
This is one of the most important things to a cat and ultimately you as well. If you get this right, it will make your life quite a bit easier when it comes to sharing a space with your cat. If your cat does not like the litter tray, then you probably got the wrong size, wrong litter, or the location is not suitable.
Cats like to stay clean. They don’t want their food near the litter tray, so it’s best to avoid that. They also require privacy, so try putting the litter tray in an open space that is quiet and has less disturbance.
With time, you will see that cats tend to sleep in several places, and they will continue to change these spots. Try having open comfortable spaces around the house, which will make it easier for them to find comfortable resting spots.
Cats love to hide away where no one can see them, just as much as they like sitting on and climbing up to high places. They consider these places as havens. It could be above a cupboard or below your bed. When your cat goes to such a place, make sure you do not disturb them so they can continue to feel safe.