Welcome to Happy Cat Month! As September marks one of our favourite months of the year, what better time than now to take a look at all the ways that as pet owners we can fulfil the needs of our felines, and keep our kitties fully contented?!
Generally speaking, cats are low maintenance. While it takes little to make them happy in order to enjoy each day comfortably, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take a minute to really address their needs. When it comes to kitties, a little certainly goes a long way. The simplest of gestures can really brighten up their day and ensure ultimately it is one of happiness and joy. So how exactly do you achieve this? Thankfully, as experienced cat owners, we have the answer. Here’s the scope…
SATISFY THEIR HUNTING INSTINCT
Cats are natural hunters. Even the most placid of lap cats can’t resist the temptation of a buzzing bee or mouse-like creatures. Therefore, it’s important to let your cat unleash their natural instincts.
If your cat likes the great outdoors, give them time to chase and hunt. While undeniably, it can be hard not to be upset if your moggy brings an unwelcome victim to your door, don’t punish them. Remember, this is a gesture of their affection towards you as their owner. A collar with a bell is a great way to warn of birds and other prey that your cat is trying to hunt. Check out our collection of stylish collars here.
Indoor cats also need the thrill of the chase. Thankfully, there is an array of toys out there, which meet this need. Furry mice and interactive rod toys are the perfect place to start. Even just rolling up a ball of tinfoil and allowing your cat to chase it across the kitchen floor is satisfying their hunting needs. Check out these 5 great indoor games to play with your cat.
LET THEM SCRATCH AND CLIMB
Over the course of a cat’s lifespan, the average kitty spends 730 hours sharpening their claws, so they’ll definitely need tools which are fit for purpose. Cats also love to perch above the action and survey their territory from a safe height, as explained by Cat Behaviourist Anita Kelsey in this post about why you need a cat tree. While a outdoor cats may have plenty of opportunities to scratch and climb, indoor cats will need some extra help. With a wealth of scratching and climbing furniture now available including cat trees, towers and perches, meeting this need has never been easier. These have (thankfully) become a lot more stylish in recent years and will flawlessly complement your home’s décor. Take a look at our collection of designer cat towers and scratchers.
PEACE, QUIET AND PLENTY OF SPACE
It probably won’t come as a surprise that cats spend an average of 48,180 hours (five and a half years) of their lives sleeping. As humans, we know the importance of a peaceful environment at night time. We spend much time creating the perfect ambience, buying nice bedding and the correct mattress, so it’s only right that our cats should enjoy the same comfort. While no doubt your cat will sleep anywhere, a comfy bed in a quiet corner of your home means that if they need a little more from their sleep, they can relax and rejuvenate with ease. Take a look at some of our favourite designer cat beds.
ROOM WITH A VIEW
Another favourite hobby of cats is watching the world go by. With 6,906 hours spent looking out windows, it’s safe to say, they enjoy it. With a preference for being up high, and if your house affords it, give your cat access to a window ledge where they can keep guard over their territory, or opt for one of the many cat window perches now available.
While they might be low maintenance, there’s no denying that cats love the company of humans. Petting your cat is an easy way to create a bond, and thankfully, it benefits both parties, as we discovered in this post about how cats are good for our health. As well as showing your affection, the act of stroking a cat has many benefits, such as lowering blood pressure and stress.
CATNIP & TREATS
We all love a little treat from time-to-time and cats definitely aren’t the exception! Notorious fans of getting a little bit extra, whether it’s a scrap of fish or chicken or an irresistible cat treat, you’ll definitely keep your cat happy. As always, the advice is everything in moderation, or risk obesity setting in.
Another great option (and non-calorific) is cat nip. While not all cats are susceptible to its hallucinogenic effects, if yours becomes overjoyed when exposed to its scent, a little now and again is a sure way to keep your kitty happy. Check out these catnip filled toys on our website here.
While cats are often regarded as being complex creatures, what they really need is a little TLC, an abundance of affection and plenty of playtime, which we as owners are happy to give, especially when rewarded with plenty of purrs. How do you make you cat happy? Tell us in the comments below.