Meow! Whether they’re napping in a sunbeam or chasing a piece of string, our kitty friends never fail to brighten our days with their adorable antics and purrfect companionship. Cats are independent creatures that often like to do their own thing, but they still love and need attention from their humans. It’s important to show your cat how much you care for them. Here are seven tips to make your cat feel loved:
- Set up a comfortable home for kitties
Cats love to have their own space, so make sure to provide them with a cozy and quiet place to sleep and relax. Cat beds and window shelves are awesome places for cats to chill. Climbing and scratching are natural feline behaviors, so providing multiple things that are okay for them to scratch and scale is essential for your kitty’s wellbeing. Providing litter boxes in various quiet areas of your home helps kitties feel comfortable using the correct facilities.
- Spend quality time with your cat
Cats enjoy spending time with their owners, and it’s important to set aside some quality time each day to play with them, groom them, or teach them some tricks! You can also try some fun activities like playing with a laser pointer, throwing a ball, or hiding treats for them to find.
- Reciprocate their affection
Although cats can be independent, they still crave attention. Take time to pet them, scratch their favorite spot, or give a nuzzle when they’re walking past. Your cat will appreciate your affections! You may receive their love back in all its quirky forms —head butting, kneading (“making biscuits”), licking to groom (often the top of your head), and, sometimes, even a thoughtful gift at your front door in the form of a dead mouse or bird.
- Feed your cat an appropriate diet
Cats are obligate carnivores, which means that they require animal-based protein to thrive. It’s important to feed your cat a species-appropriate diet that meets their specific nutritional needs. Look for foods that contain a high percentage of meat-based protein, and avoid brands that contain fillers or carbohydrates. Cats don’t always drink enough water, so feeding wet food or providing extra hydration with goat milk or pet-specific bone broth can help. Ask us any time for recommendations.
- Keep your cat healthy
Regular visits to the vet for preventive care are crucial for maintaining your cat’s overall health and well-being. By ensuring that your cat receives proper medical attention, you are demonstrating your love and dedication to their long-term health and happiness.
- Provide plenty of stimulation
Cats are natural hunters and explorers, and providing them with a stimulating environment helps them stay mentally and physically strong. You can try adding some climbing structures, bringing home some cat grass, or simply rotating their toys to keep things interesting. Many cats enjoy spending time outdoors. To provide safe outdoor time, consider leash training, carrying them in a cat backpack with a window, or letting them explore a screened-in porch (or a “catio”) – there are so many cool options available!
- Respect their space
If you’ve ever been on the receiving end of a cat scratch or bite, you know first-hand that it’s crucial to respect a feline’s boundaries! If your cat is showing signs of discomfort, such as twitching their tail or flattening their ears, refrain from petting or holding them, and give them the space they need. Be sure to relay these rules to any children living in your home as well. Your cat will appreciate your sensitivity to their boundaries.
Cats are affectionate and devoted companions who need abundant attention, affection, and nurturing. By implementing these tips, you can express your fondness toward your feline friend and ensure that they feel valued and cherished. Need supplies for, or have a question about feeding your cat? Come see us in store!