How to give your cat a wonderful life
Make sure your cat enjoys life with you as much as you enjoy life with your cat!
Here are just a few simple things you can do to help make sure your cat enjoys life with you as much as you enjoy life with your cat!
Create a great cat environment
Every cat needs quiet places to hide, comfy places to nap and high things to climb on. And they always love warm spots where they can bask in the sun, plus windows that give them a view of the world. Although your cat will naturally seek these places out, you can help by providing easy access to such places in your home.
Be the bearer of all things interesting
When you go out, return with something that may be of interest to your cat—a few dry leaves, a small branch, a walnut, some grass or piece of bark. Your cat will love investigating them, exploring their interesting textures and scents.
Respect your cat’s “me time”
If your cat hides under the bed, it’s because he or she wants to be there—alone and undisturbed—for whatever reason. So don’t try to talk to your cat of force them to come out. Give them their alone time, and allow them to come out on their own time!
Practice mutual admiration and affection
When your cat is playing, eating or sleeping, she probably isn’t in the mood to have her fur stroked. It’s the same when you’re working at the computer or reading the paper; you don’t want your cat positioning herself between your face and what you are concentrating on. The most mutual and respectful affection is by invitation rather than demand. You can invite your cat’s attention and affection by offering your hand and giving a gentle pet. Your cat will let you know how she feels about it. If she purrs, closes her eyes or raises her tail straight up, she’s enjoying it. If she swishes her tail, she’s annoyed. Your cat may start out happy to have the attention but then become annoyed if it goes on too long—respect the signals your cat is sending.
Most cats love to play. And all cats need to play. Play stimulates their minds and lets them exercise their stellar hunting ability. So encourage play when you are at home and provide plenty of engaging toys for when you are away.
Learn to say love in cat language
If your cat gazes at you from across the room and slowly blinks her eyes, she’s saying, “I love you.” It’s polite to return the message with a slow blink of your own. Yes, really!