As a cat owner, it’s important to ensure that your home is a safe and stimulating environment for your feline friend. A cat-friendly home can help prevent behavior problems, keep your cat happy and healthy, and strengthen your bond with your feline companion.
Tips to make your home more cat-friendly
Provide Plenty of Hiding Places
Cats love to have a cozy and secure spot where they can retreat to and relax. Make sure to provide several hiding places such as cat trees, boxes, or a dedicated cat room with a cat door.
Invest in Scratching Posts
Scratching is a natural behavior for cats, so it’s important to provide them with a place to scratch other than your furniture. Invest in a scratching post and place it in a prominent location in your home.
Create Vertical Space
Cats are natural climbers and love to explore high places. Create vertical space by installing cat shelves or providing access to high surfaces like bookshelves or the tops of cabinets.
Provide Multiple Litter Boxes
Cats can be picky about their litter boxes. Provide one more litter box than the number of cats in your home, and make sure they are easily accessible and in a quiet location.
Use Cat-Friendly Decor
Choose cat-friendly decor such as washable fabrics and materials that are safe for cats to scratch and climb on. Avoid breakable objects or anything that could be a hazard for your cat.
Play with Your Cat
Playtime is important for cats, and it helps keep them physically and mentally stimulated. Make sure to set aside time each day to play with your cat using interactive toys like feather wands or laser pointers.
Keep Your Cat Safe
Make sure your home is safe for your cat by keeping potentially harmful items out of reach, securing windows and doors, and using pet-friendly cleaning products.
By following these tips, you can create a cat-friendly home that your furry friend will love. Remember to pay attention to your cat’s individual needs and preferences. Adjust your home accordingly to ensure their happiness and wellbeing.
View International Cat Care’s Making Your Home Cat Friendly and AAFP’s What Your Cat Needs to Feel Secure for more information.
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