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Wednesday, February 3, 2021

How To Keep Your Cat Happy

As a cat lover, you might have been contemplating getting yourself one as a pet (if you haven’t already!) They make wonderful companions, and although they still require a lot of care, they are a less demanding pet than a dog. If you’re thinking of bringing a new kitten home with you sometime soon, or you have recently done so, here are a few tips to help you keep your cat happy.

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Health and Diet

Just like you, your cat needs to maintain a healthy lifestyle to keep them at their best. Make sure you’re giving them the best kind of cat food available to you, and it’s always smart to double-check what kind of nutrition your particular breed might need, as they may require a more specialist diet. You should also make sure you have registered with a vet either before you bring them home or shortly afterward. Easyvet.com is a good example of an affordable clinic, so check if there is one near you.

Let Them Explore

Cats are curious creatures and they love to explore, which is why it can be better for them if you live in a property that has a good-sized garden, or an area where they will be safe (e.g. not near a busy road). However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t still have a happy cat if you live in an apartment or have limited outdoor space at home. In these circumstances, consider constructing an enclosed outdoor area on your balcony so they can experience being outside while still being safe. Alternatively, you could introduce more plant-life into your living space and create an indoor garden for you both to enjoy.

Keep Things Clean

Any home feels much better once it’s been cleaned and tidied, and when you have a cat you might find you need to do this more regularly, especially if they’re malting. It’s also worth noting that cats can be a bit fussy, so make sure you’re washing their food bowls often as well as clearing out their litter tray. You would need to do this anyway for hygiene purposes, but don’t be surprised if you find yourself doing it more often than you expected.

Play with Them

Although they might not be as energetic as dogs, cats still love to play and this is a great bonding experience for you to have with them. Invest in some cat toys that you can drag around and make your kitty chase, or get them a climbing/scratching post that they can enjoy. If you can afford a second cat, perhaps even getting them a friend to spend their time with could be a good idea.

Give Them Space

While cats can be incredibly affectionate, they’re also very independent animals. Be sure to give your cat space when they want it, otherwise you might agitate them. They will come to you when they’re ready to be stroked and cuddled.

Cats truly do make wonderful pets, and they can be just as comforting and loyal as a dog. If you want to bring one home, make sure you’re doing these things to keep them happy and healthy.

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