Are you thinking about getting a new cat? One thing to think about is if your house is ready for a cat. Today we are going to talk about making your home cat-friendly.
Truly cats are pretty chill animals and can make themselves at home quite easily but if you are bringing one in you definitely want to consider a few things.
1. Food/Water area
Cats are used to foraging for their food. Make sure their food is not tucked away in a hard to reach area. You can also put dry food in a water bottle that you cut a few squares out of so they have to play to get their food out.
Our cats really like a water dish that plugs in and has flowing water.
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2. Sleeping/cat napping
One thing to remember about cats is they normally sleep about 2/3 of the day! Make sure you provide a place for your cat to relax and take a cat nap. You can pick up cute cat beds at the pet store or provide a pillow or spot on the couch for them.
We have not had much luck with the cute cat pillows from the pet store. Our cats each have their favorite blankets. Wherever the blanket is in the house you will find the cats. They love to sleep on our bed or on the couch. Don’t be surprised if your cat tries to find a spot higher up in the room to nap. Cats are observant creatures and love perching where they can see everything that is happening around them.
I wish the picture above was brighter but I couldn’t help and snap this pic of Fluffy Cat. He is so happy on his favorite blanket
3. Litter box
Depending on how many cats you have will help you decide how big of a cat box you need. We have both a self-cleaning cat box and one I have to scoop. We like both of them and use them both now. The cats can decide which box they want to use on a given day.
4. Toys and entertainment
Cats love toys especially toys with feathers or fluffy fuzzy mice they can chase around the room. One thing to remember is if you get a mouse toy that squeaks this can be a bit frightening if you step on it in the middle of the night and have a bit of a panic. I stepped on a squeaky mouse the other day and squealed quite loudly in the middle of the night thinking it was a real mouse. I must admit that toy is no longer in our house.
5. Scratching posts/toys
Be prepared that your cat will most likely want to scratch to keep their claws sharpened. Instead of having to worry about your couch, dresser or carpet invest in scratching posts/toys. We have a few cardboard scratching boards that our cats love. I randomly move them around the house to keep them entertained.
6. Cuddle Time
Make sure and spend time getting your new cat used to you and your family. Cats all have different personalities and you will need to find out the personality of your new cat. Are they a cuddler, more of a watcher or a bit of both.
We have one cat who is happy to cuddle all day long, our other cat only likes to cuddle on her terms.
The most important thing to remember as you make your home cat-friendly is to think about your cat’s safety, entertainment, and diet. Create a loving home that works for both you and your cat!
Check out HGTV’s It’s A Jungle out There for more great ways to make your house cat-friendly!
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