We all want to ensure that we’re being the best cat parent we can be, helping our furry little family members lead the happy and healthy lives that they deserve.
At the same time, this isn’t always as simple or as straightforward as we like it to be. Sometimes the decisions we make aren’t contributing positively to the lives of our cats, which is why we’ve put together this quick list of things you can to do to boost the happiness and healthiness of your little feline friend.
1. Make sure that they get plenty of sun
Cats absolutely LOVE soaking in a little sunshine, warming themselves all year round with nothing but the heat coming in from a window, door, or screened-in porch – and it’s important that you give them every opportunity to really bask in the glow of the sun as often as they can.
2. Clear out any toxic plants
There are a lot of plants out there that seem innocuous to humans but are actually a ticking time bomb just waiting to poison your animal. It’s a good idea to have a look at the list of toxic plants published by The Humane Society of the US on their website to make sure that your home and your property has been cleared of any potential accidents.
3. Cat castles are a great idea
You certainly don’t have to spend a small fortune on a cat castle or cat tree (sometimes called kitty condos), but it’s not a bad idea to get your hands on one of these platforms – or make your own – to help your cat get a little more exercise, to enjoy a little more vertical exercise, and to give them their own space within your home.
4. Schedule playtime every day
Cats are very social creatures even if they can play a little coy and hard to get sometimes. They need to be played with, they need hands-on interaction, and they need a positive way to burn off some of their energy if they are going to lead a happy and healthy life. A little bit of schedule playtime every day helps you more closely bond with your cat, too, which is never a bad thing!
5. Make cleanup a priority
If you’ve ever seen your cat or kitten really getting after cleaning themselves you know just how finicky they can be, just how much of a clean freak they can be. This is why it’s always a great idea to keep your litter box clean on a consistent basis. Plus, this will cut down on unfriendly smells in your home which also boosts the happiness and healthiness of your cats, too. (Noone likes using a dirty litterbox ;))
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