10 Tips on Keeping Your Cat Happy

Just one week ago marked the International Day of Happiness (thanks to Pharrell and the U.N.) and that doesn’t only apply to humans – cats deserve to be happy too! Felines are usually playful and energetic creatures by nature, which are signs of happiness. It’s one thing to make your cat have fun for a moment, it’s another to constantly have your kitty happy throughout its life.

Here are 10 ways for keeping your cat happy:

1. Play with your kitty. Playtime is an essential part of a feline’s wellbeing. Make sure to take time to play with them every day.

2. Scoop your cat’s box. Keeping tabs on the littler box situation not only helps in the cleanliness of your cat’s environment, it also helps keep tabs on your cat’s health. A healthy cat is a happy one!

3. Keep odor in control. Cats do NOT like weird scents, even smells like scented litter. You can keep your kitty’s litter box clean-smelling by putting a bit of baking soda at the bottom of the box.

4. Provide places to scratch. Kittens love scratching posts, so keep them entertained and happy with several scratching areas in its environment.

5. Give them fun household items to entertain them. An easy way to provide your cat with inexpensive toys is to let them play with cardboard boxes and empty paper towel rolls.

6.  Provide more than one litter box. If you have more than one cat, you should always have more than one litter box in your home. A great rule of thumb is one box per cat, plus an extra one… just in case.

7. Keep them safe. The average lifespan of a free-roaming cat compared to an indoor-only house cat is over 10 years. Keep your kitty inside for a guaranteed safe and happy life.

8. Have a nighttime activity or two planned. Cats tend to be night owls sometimes, so in order for them to get on your schedule, make sure they get ample play time during the day and one right before bedtime to tire them out.

9. Give them a room with a view. Like humans, cat love to see what’s going on on the outside, especially when it comes to watching birds and squirrels running around, doing their thing.

10. Prepare for a timid cat. Many cats will hide when they are brought into a new environment to show their shyness. Give them space and provide them with a place they can hide out until they start to become more comfortable. They’ll come out on their own.

Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

 

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