Some people think that cats are uncaring and evil creatures, that’s not true. Cats just don’t require a lot of attention from their owners, unlike other pets like dogs. But I assure you that your pet cat loves you, they just show it in their own unique way.
So how can you keep your cat happy indoors? Keeping your pet cat indoors is one of the best ways of keeping them safe from other animals, or at least keeping the birds safe. We all know that cats are great hunters, especially when it comes to birds. So It’ll be better to keep your cats indoors or on a patio.
10 Tips on Keeping Your Cat Happy
Here is a list of 10 tips for cat owners to keep your feline friend happy:
1. Install a Bird Viewing Station
The reason why pet cats hunt for birds and other small animals is that it’s in their blood. If you feed your cat well, they would still retain their natural prey catching behavior towards small animals. So to prevent your cat from killing the wildlife creatures, and at the same time keep them happy, you should get them a cat window perch.
It is a small cat bed that can be mounted on your window’s glass or sills, perfectly providing your cat a good view outside. Install a birdbath or feeder right outside the window, the one where you have mounted the cat perch. This way, your cat will have lots of hours of viewing pleasure, and you can also keep the wildlife safe from being preyed upon by your cat.
2. Play with your Feline Friend
Cats are undoubtedly playful creatures, not as active as other furry pets, but active enough to keep you and your cat entertained. They are flexible and are natural athletes if your pet cannot work out its excess energy, then it might go crazy in your house (not literally though).
There are a lot of cat toys sold in pet stores to keep your cat entertained. Their fake mice, feathered toys, laser pointers, strings, and others to keep your cat pouncing. Remember, if your cat is tired of having too much playtime, the happier your pet is.
3. Let your Pet Hunt
No, I don’t mean to let your cat outside and just let it hunt for birds. What I mean is that you should provide them with a hunting game so that they won’t get bored and look for ways to get outside. Stimulate its hunting instinct by placing treats around your house. Cats are curious animals, with this kind of activity they would less likely get bored.
You can also put treats in cat puzzle toys to keep your pet mentally stimulated. This is an enrichment tactic that is also used for the big cats in zoos, this is to help have a good physical and mental condition.
4. Always Place a Clean Litter Box
Cats are sensitive to smell and would want a clean environment to be happy. When they do their own business, they do it in a place where they can bury it after relieving itself. It is a natural instinct of theirs. So if they find a dirty litter box, they might find another place where they can relive their selves.
Change your pet’s litter box at least twice a week and scoop it up at least once a day. To avoid excess litter from being scattered around the house, place a mat in front of the box to snag the excess litter on your cat’s paws. Not only will this keep you and your pet happy, it will also keep your house clean from scattered litter.
5. Provide your Pet with a Cat Tree
Felines are natural climbers, in wild cats climbing on trees are their way of pursuing their prey, and their kind of safe place when they get frightened. Domestic cats they have retained this kind of behavior. So to at least prevent your cat from climbing onto your curtains, or getting up on your cupboards, which would then lead in several broken glasses, provide them with a cat tree.
A cat tree or often called as a kitty condo can stretch from your floor up to your home’s ceiling. There are smaller ones if you prefer that. If you ever install a cat tree in your house, I suggest that you place it near a window to provide your pet with a good view outdoor.
6. Place a Scratching Material in your Home
Every cat has their own favorite scratching material, you may need to try out a few scratchers before you can find the right one. It’s best to get scratcher before you even think about getting a pet cat, this is to prevent them scratching and ruining your furniture.
7. Use a Patio
If you want your pet to experience what it feels like to be outside, then consider using a patio or ‘catio’ for them. You can either build your own or buy a ready to be used one. This also enhances their space other than inside your house, place a couple of climbing things, plants, steps, ramps, or if you prefer, a koi pond on the patio.
8. Use a Catnip
Catnip is a kind of mint plant that contains a natural oil, it’s called a nepetalactone. It has a unique effect on cats when they have inhaled, chewed, or rubbed their face or body on it. Its’ kind of like a drug for them, it makes them a bit high. Don’t worry catnips are harmless and temporary. If you want another tool to make your cat happy and stimulated, then consider buying catnip.
9. Regularly Take your Cat to its Vet
When cats get older, their appetite and activity normally decline. But this can also be a sign of illness, so make sure you regularly take your cat to its vet to have its health checked.
10. Let It Sleep where it Prefers to Sleep
Instead of buying an expensive cat bed for your feline friend, why not just provide it with a cardboard, old blankets, box, or towels as their bed. Cats sleep in weird places, it can be in baskets, drawers, pots, even on a stack of papers. But instead of getting mad at them, just let them sleep wherever they like. But if you think they are sleeping in a place where they can get hurt, then gently move or carry them to a safer place.
Most of know that cats have a reputation of being independent and aloof, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t care about their owners and their company. Cats also want to be entertained and need a companion. So aside from providing them with their, also give them some attention to make them feel that they are loved. With proper care and enough attention, this will be enough to keep your cat happy in your care.