If you’re a cat parent, you know how important it is to have a cat-friendly home so your feline friend lives her best life. It’s not that hard to turn your house into a cat-friendly home you just have to understand their behavior and what they like first. Cats are solitary creatures, they like being alone and explore your world by themselves yet sometimes they want to hang out with you. The also need exercise and physical activity and are very meticulous when it comes to cleanliness. They like to keep themselves warm so they like to see it and warm places, and of course they like to be rewarded with treats. Keep those in mind and you will have a happy cat.
So what exactly should you do to make a cat-friendly home?
1. Have lots of vertical spaces.
Cats like high places, so it will make sense to have vertical spaces for your cats where they could sit and have a view from above. It also exercises their body whenever they climb. Vertical spaces such as cat shelves, cat trees and cat posts are some of the things you can add to your home so your cat can enjoy looking at her world from above. You can install cat walls and cat shelves so your cats can use them and use them for exercise. Please cat posts where your cats like to scratch so they could use them instead of your furniture.
2. A multi-litter box home
Having a cat means having those large boxes called the litter box. A litter box is where your cat is free to take a dump and pee, so it serves as her bathroom. The golden rule to having a litter box is, there must be a litter box for each and every cat you have plus one. The extra serves as an emergency littrr box just in case. Having a litter box at home is a must (unless your pet knows how to use the toilet) to keep your house clean and to avoid getting your carpet from being soiled.
Teacher cat how to use the litter box and you will be sure to have a neat home.
3. Room with a view
Cats like to be alone at times and spend their time sitting on top of a desk while staring out the window. So, make sure you have a room with a view and offer that view to her everytime by putting up a desk next to a window.
4. Cat door
You cannot keep tabs of your cat all the time so it’s better to have a cat door so your cat can get in and out of a room easily. If her litter box is in the bathroom or anyone for that matter, make sure the door has an entrance just for her. Remember, if your cat can’t get to her litter box just in time, she might eliminate elsewhere and you might train your cat to use the litter box all over again which would take a long time.
5. Breakable ornaments
Keep breakable ornaments away from high shelves and other high places. Or better yet, don’t buy ornaments that break easily knowing full well your cat will break them at one point. Look for other types of ornaments to decorate your house instead.
6. Scratch posts
Scratch posts are the remedy to give your cats excessive scratching. If your cat is scratching your furniture, consider buying a scratch post so she could redirect her energy there. Scratch posts are a lifesaver to cat parents everywhere because while it’s true you cannot stop your cat from scratching, at least she gets to release that instinct in somewhere else without ever causing damage to your house. Take a scratch post near where your cat is scratching and encourage her to scratch the post instead.
7. Keep away from strong, offensive odors
Strong offensive odors are some of your cats worst nightmare. To us humans, certain smells are nice and therapeutic but they could be too strong to your cat super sharp nose, and worse, dangerous.
If you like room diffusers, sprays and other products that keep your home smelling like perfume, do keep in mind that your cat could be at risk. There are certain aromatherapy oils that are harmful to your cat because they contain components that are toxic to their liver. If you keep getting your cat exposed to these scents through inhalation, ingestion or through skin contact, she could experience vomiting, blurred eyesight and lack of appetite among others. It’s better to get rid of these room diffusers and strong offensive odors alltogether so your cat won’t have to suffer.
8. Closer kitchen appliances and vehicles at all times.
Your cat likes to sit in one place is all the time. Where else would you do that but your kitchen and your car? So always remember to check your oven and other cooking appliances where their bodies could fit to make sure they won’t enter.
Likewise make sure your car is closed as well as its trunk at all times. Since your vehicle could be warm from the heating, your cat might be sitting on all the most obscure places just to keep themselves warm. So be careful. Always check each corner of your car as well as its trunk for your cat and make sure she’s not there.
9. Always keep your toilet lids and trash bins closed
Your cat, in all her solitary adventure, could be hunting for some food or drinking in all the wrong places. Check your toilet lid and keep it closed at all times to prevent your cat from drinking there. Accidents can happen especially if she sits on the toilet and slips. On the other hand, the trash bin must be closed at all times as well because you will never know when she’ll be looking into it for some leftovers and if she does, she might slip inside the bin or her head might be trapped inside. Tell your family members to close the toilet leaves and the trash bins at all times, too.
10. Always clear countertops
Cats like to climb to the counter tops and search for some food. Make sure there are no food scraps on the counter tops so there would be no rewards for her to go up there and clear it of any breakable objects like glass. Put those breakable objects somewhere out of her reach and store them hide in the closet all the time to prevent accidents.