This article is part of a sponsored program and all opinions belong to Nail Travels. Thanks to Nestlé Purina for the invite to the Better With Pets Summit in Brooklyn, NY.
You are a cat lover. You love your cat more than you love most people. A Hoosier got me into cats. She had three cats when I met her and I adopted them as my own. I ended up with one of the offspring when it was all over and that one even left. He moved a few houses down the street and still seems happy. I say hello every once in awhile when I see him in his new front yard. He must be getting fed buttermilk.
Maybe that house is better set up for cat living. Cats need places to perch and hide and things to destroy. Panelists at the Purina Better With Pets summit discussed ways to interpret pet behavior and what to do about it. The day-long summit looked at emotional wellness and the bonds between pets and people through panel discussions and exhibits. There’s lots of fun ways to make your cat happy and your house interesting at the same time.
We furnish and decorate our living rooms and man caves to meet all of our needs, and simple changes can make our homes more cat-friendly. Giving your cat places to play and hide can help to put them at ease in the home. Providing safe access to sight, sounds, and smells of the outdoors provides fun stimulation for cats, and purposeful play helps to foster instinctual cat type behaviors.
Ways To Make Your House More Cat Friendly
Cat’s in the wild enjoy scratching, hiding, burrowing, and hunting. Here are some ideas you can incorporate into your home’s design to help your feline enjoy some of their natural instincts.
- Places to hide: So they can slash your legs with their claws as you walk by.
- Vertical places to perch: So they can jump down on your shoulders without permission.
- Walkways: By the ceiling. It’s the cat zone.
- Tunnels: This may sound strange, but imagine the walkways above the tunnels that go from room to room. It’s the cat zone.
- Unobstructed paths: How else would they get tangled in your legs as you carrying in the groceries?
- Way to connect with the outdoors: Fool, that’s where the lizards are.
- Hiding places: For toys and cat nip.
- Scratch posts and surfaces: Did someone say rope wall? How about rope walls all over the house. It’s cat heaven.
Unclean and inappropriate environments, boredom, improper introduction of new animals and even some interior design choices can be very rough for your kitty. Chronic stress can cause a number of health and behavioral problems and you can help lessen it by considering your cats’ need when decorating your place. in a multi cat home be sure to provide more litter boxes than cats, and spread the litter boxes around the house.
Cats have a reputation for being aloof, but their occasional preference for solitude doesn’t mean they aren’t deeply affected by their environment. When the impact is negative, watch out for elimination behavior. You really want your cat to remain stress free. There’s nothing in the world worse than an upset feline. It’s usually pretty scary. Think of all the ways you can make your house cat friendly and aesthetically pleasing at the same time. Now you are learning to make a cat friendly home.