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7 Simple Ways To Make Your Home Cat Friendly

Cats: they purr in your ear when you're trying to sleep, bring you dead animals, and are pros at giving the cold shoulder for no good reason. We still love them though - especially the crazy cat lovers out there - and want to make them at home, in our homes, right?

Whilst most of our feline friends are independent and require little input from humans to be happy kitties, they are highly territorial creatures - meaning that the home environment in which they live holds a great impact over their happiness. Luckily, there are ways that you can make your home cat-friendly with a few simple tricks. So whether you are thinking of adopting a cat, already have a feline who seems disgruntled at home, or you simply love your kitty-cat so much that you want to learn how to make it the happiest cat ever, these 7 simple steps will help!over their happiness. Luckily, there are ways that you can make your home cat-friendly with a few simple tricks. So whether you are thinking of adopting a cat, already have a feline who seems disgruntled at home, or you simply love your kitty-cat so much that you want to learn how to make it the happiest cat ever, these 7 simple steps will help!

1. Camouflage It

Although much less fierce, domestic cats are actually derived from the big cats that roam snow-swept mountains, dense jungles and stretching savannah plains. Like their big cousins, your cat is most at home in an environment that allows it to be stealthy. Whilst contemporary decor often means open, uncluttered spaces, ensure that some rooms in your house feature objects and foliage around which your cat can hide and prowljungles and stretching savannah plains. Like their big cousins, your cat is most at home in an environment that allows it to be stealthy. Whilst contemporary decor often means open, uncluttered spaces, ensure that some rooms in your house feature objects and foliage around which your cat can hide and prowl

2. Viewpoints

With their claws and perfectly attuned muscles, cats are designed to climb: they enjoy reaching high places where they can feel 'safe' as they assess their surroundings. Give your cat lots of places to climb: from bookshelves that have cat-sized nooks between stacks of books, to freestanding wardrobes, your home can easily be transformed into a climber's paradise. Likewise, you can buy specific scratching posts which reach up to the ceiling! Be aware that any areas that a cat can climb should be lined with non-slip material to prevent falls, and always remove expensive ornaments from your cat's assault course path!

3. Listen Up 

Just because you want your cat to eat or go potty in a certain room does not necessarily mean that he or she feels happy doing so. A variety of factors in different rooms can affect your cat's comfort level - from noises imperceptible to the human ear, down to tiny smells, your cat is a sensitive little thing. So if you find your cat rebelling against your set up of feeding bowl, water dish or litter tray, try moving it to another location!

4. Privacy, Please!

Cats sleep a lot, and they often need to retire from social interaction without being disturbed. Ensure that your house has lots of peaceful hidey-holes for your feline, and be sure not to disturb them if they choose to enter these. Ideas for cat havens include cupboard drawers lined with a blanket and left ajar (always), the bottom of a wardrobe stuffed with pillows, or a cosy nook behind the sofa. Likewise, don't smother your cat with affection: if he or she moves away from you when you try to pat them, let them go: chances are, your kitty will approach you for affection later on!

5. Green Goodness

If your cat is not allowed to venture outdoors, be sure to provide it with access to grass: either plant a long tray of grass and leave it accessible to your kitty, or buy some 'kitty grass' from your local pet store. This grass is essential for your cat's intestines: it helps to clean away the fur that is swallowed during grooming! He or she may be sick after eating grass: this is normal!

6. Prevent Stress

As mentioned, cats are highly sensitive creatures: if you change something in your home, your cat may become stressed or unhappy. So if you move house, decorate, alter furniture, take your cat to the vets, or introduce a new feline friend to your family, it can be useful to use synthetic pheromones to sooth your cat's nerves: these pheromones, which are naturally released by happy cats, signal security and familiarity. Sprays and diffusers are available: speak to your vet about these!

7. Challenge Me

Cats are playful creatures, and their intelligent mind requires stimulation. Toys which can allow cats to practice their natural hunting instincts are best: mechanical mice that move will keep your cat on its toes, and you can even make your own toys by tying feathers to a piece of string and encouraging your kitty to chase this. Such play helps to keep your cat active, too: especially important if you have a house cat!

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