How to create a cat-friendly home
without sacrificing your style
5 ways to
make your home cat friendly
Statistics show that cats that are kept exclusively indoors tend to live longer
since they aren’t exposed to outside dangers such as traffic, diseases, predators and animal abusers. However, if
you decide to keep your cat indoors, it’s a good idea to compensate by providing them with both mental and physical
stimulation. So if you decide to keep your cat indoors, make sure you check out the following 5 tips on how to make
your home a real cat-friendly place.
Get an Extra Water
Obviously you’ll have to get a water container for your cat. Still, not too many
people know that cats hunt food and water on different occasions which means the presence of water can actually deter cats from drinking enough fluids, especially when they’re
on a dry diet. So getting an extra water container and keeping it somewhere away from food is always a good
idea. Also, a lot of cats object to the smell of tap water and that’s why you should think about using boiled or
Position the Litter
A litter tray is absolutely essential if you’re going to keep your cat in your
home. This is also the case if your cat’s going to have limited access outdoors. But once you get a litter tray
you’ll also have to position it properly. The best place for your cat’s litter tray is a discreet corner, a place
that’s far away from food, water and windows. Also, make sure you put the litter tray away from external doors and
cat flaps as cats see these as potentially dangerous places.
Buy a Scratching
Cats always need something to scratch in order to maintain their claws as well as
to mark their territory. In case you don’t do this, you might end up with scratched furniture. When buying a scratch post, make sure you choose the one that’s as tall as possible. That
way, your cat will be able to scratch vertically at full stretch. If space is at a premium, you can also opt for
a scratching panel that can be attached to flat surfaces. A large number of cats prefer to scratch horizontal
Get a Bed for Your
All the cats spend the majority of their time sleeping so it makes a lot of sense
to create a place where your cat can sleep and relax. And there’s nothing better you can opt for than a bed made
especially for cats. These are great because cats prefer to sleep in warm places and to have a strong familiar
scent of their owners which provides them with sense of safety and security. If you decide to get one of these,
make sure you look for cat beds online.
Once you get a bed for your cat, make sure you put it somewhere quiet, sunny and warm.
Create Some Private
Another thing you’ll have to do is create some private space for your area. Taking
time out from social demands is something all the cats simply have to do. The good thing about this is that a
private space for your cat can be created quite easily. You can make space available under your bed or behind your
sofa. It’s also important to know that your cat should never be disturbed while using the private space you
created, of course unless it’s something that can’t wait.
Make sure you get all of these things and your home’s going to become a real
cat-friendly place. But bear in mind that you shouldn’t stop there. There are many other things you can get in
order to make your home even more appealing to your four-legged friend.
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Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls and a passionate traveler. In
her free time she enjoys writing about home and family, pets and gardening.