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You may think that keeping a cat happy and healthy is as easy as feeding them and letting them explore their outdoor surroundings once in a while. However, whether you have an outdoor or indoor feline, if you truly want your cat to thrive in their environment, there are a few extra things that you need to do.
From investing in a cat scratching post to taking the time to play with your cat each day, keep reading to discover the five best ways that you can keep your cat content.
Microchip your cat
Even if you have made the decision to keep your cat indoors, there is always the chance that they will escape out of an open window or make a dash for the door when you are going out. Having your cat microchipped can give you that extra peace of mind so that if your cat does go missing, your local animal shelter will be able to help you locate them and bring them safely home.
Alternatively, if you do not want or can’t afford to have your cat chipped, make sure that at the very least, you fit them with a collar and visible identification.
Purchase a cat scratching post
A cat scratching post or cat tree is vital for the overall well being of your cat, but this is especially true if you have chosen to keep your cat indoors, and you do not want them ripping apart your furniture.
Head to the Kitty Reporter to find the latest reviews and guides on a wide range of cat products including cat scratching posts, so you can make sure you pick the right one for your cat’s needs.
Indulge in playtime
As a general rule, cats are very low-maintenance pets and require less attention than dogs. That being said, they can’t be completely ignored. As well as taking the time to sit and stroke your cat, it can also be beneficial to take the time to actively play with them.
It can be useful to purchase a selection of cats’ toys that enable your cat to stalk, chase, pounce, and kick. Alternatively, you could make your own cat toys!
Keep their surroundings clean
Not everybody knows this, but cats like their environment to be clean. This stems from them being odor-free so that they can hunt and survive without being traced. Because of this, cats are very smell-sensitive and are happiest when their surroundings are spotless.
There is no need for you to wash your cat, as they will do this themselves, but you should keep their litter trays fresh and regularly wash any blankets or bedding that they sit on.
Consider getting another cat
Although cats are solitary creatures, if you work very long hours or go away a lot, it can be a good idea to think about getting your cat some company. If you do choose to get another cat, make sure they are both neutered and expect for the first few days to be a challenge.
Your original cat may show hostility towards the new one, so it can be helpful to isolate your new addition in a separate room for a day or so and then gradually integrate them into the rest of your home.