Making Your House a Fun & Enjoyable Place for a Cat
Your home is your cat’s haven. Just like any family member, a cat needs a healthy living environment that allows for room to grow, to play, and most importantly, to thrive. Creating an enriched environment for your senior cat can increase activity and mental stimulation, and reduces potential behavior problems.
Give your cat some (vertical) space. This gives your cat greater overall space to move and climb about, and provides the perfect place for items such as cat trees that give your senior cat plenty of places to hide, stretch or hang out.
Scratch a post off your list. Scratching posts offer an outlet for your cat to let loose. Plus, it should prolong the life of your furniture! Make sure your senior cat’s scratching post is sturdy and made from cat-friendly materials such as wood, sisal rope or rough fabric. Place it next to a window, your cat’s sleeping area or another popular spot where your cat can be a cat.
Join in the chase. Cats absolutely love to stalk and hunt. And if you have just one cat in your household, it is especially important to engage in games and activities that allow your cat the ability to chase and move about. In fact, studies show the most popular cat toys are ones that involve human interaction.
Be a good companion. Because cats are social animals, it is important to give your senior cat plenty of companionship and mental stimulation. Gentle petting, stroking, grooming and playing are all encouraged. If your cat is alone for large parts of the day, you may want to add another cat to the household to help fill the companionship void. Be sure to consult with your veterinarian before making your decision.
Welcoming Your New Kitten: Making Your Kitty ComfortableEverybody’s heart melts at the sight of a new kitten. But that adorable bundle of fluff you’re bringing home is going to need looking after for life. And because cats can have nine lives, that’s a long time! Giving your kitten a good start in life is the best way to make sure you’ll both enjoy many years of fun together.
Standard Home Health Checks for Your Cat
Helping Your Cat Overcome Fears of Thunder & FireworksIt's not uncommon for a cat to be afraid of loud noises, especially thunder and fireworks. They usually display by hiding. A cat suffering from a substantial fear of loud noises may begin to display anxious behavior before the thunder begins. Rain on the roof of the house, bright flashes of light or even the drop in air pressure before a storm may be enough to trigger anxiety.
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