Cats can be bundles of joy as well as sources of frustration. Here are 5 tips for cat owners that can ensure that the “good cat days” outweigh the “bad cat days.”
1. Get a good litter box and maintain it regularly
For many cat owners, after the new member of the family gets home, the next thing on the list of essentials is a cat litter box: and for good reason. However, the quality and suitability of that litter box can affect the cat.
Some buy a “one size fits all” type of litter box and fail to recognize that each cat is different. There are various things to consider when choosing a litter box.
You need to consider the size. How would you like it if your toilet were too small? Uncomfortable right? The same thing goes with cats and litter boxes. If it is cramped, hard to access, or if it makes odd noises, your cat might avoid it altogether and do its business elsewhere.
Here are some other tips regarding litter boxes
- Keep it in an enclosed, but easy to access spot. Cats are neat and “shy” creatures. Hence, keep the litter box hidden from sight. That way, it’ll be more comfortable for it to do its “business.”
- Keep the box clean. If the box is not clean, or starts to give off unpleasant odors, your cat will not use it. Clean it regularly, even if you add new cat litter. You can improve the smell of the box by adding baking soda or green tea leaves.
- If you are using cat litter, there is a high probability of the litter being tracked across the floor. Stop this by adding a mat under the box to catch the litter.
2. Control Scratching
Cats are the bane of furniture. They scratch everything! Their sharp claws have disfigured many a good couch. To control their inevitable scratching, here are some things you can do.
- Cats scratch surfaces to mark their territory. Thus, it is no surprise that your kitty has some areas of the home she often scratches regularly. To limit the damage that is done, you can purchase a cat scratcher. Place this near her favourite sofa or table to entice her. Or you can place the scratcher in front of the window she likes looking out of. To ensure she sticks to the scratcher, reward her with praise whenever she uses it. You can also attach a toy to it to engage her attention.
- If all else fails, you can always trim her claws. If you can’t do it yourself, your vet will be happy to do it for you.
If you are a new cat owner, be prepared to see cat hair all over the place. To reduce this, regular grooming is needed. Although cats normally groom themselves, sometimes you need to step in. Grooming your cat helps reduce hairballs, improves coat luster, and strengthens the bond between both of you.
Get the correct equipment for grooming. This equipment will depend on the length of your cat’s fur.
4. Sleeping tips
If there’s anything cats love more than playing, it’s sleeping. They can sleep anywhere and at any time. Unfortunately, this means that sometimes they are awake even before dawn and they want you to play. Here are a couple of tips to deal with your cat’s irregular sleep patterns and help you get a more undisturbed sleep.
- Create a routine. Have a bedtime and wake-up time and stick to them. Your cat will adapt to the new routine.
- Get an automatic feeder. Since cats might wake you up in the middle of the night because they are hungry, an automatic feeder that dispenses food at set times can help you get more shuteye.
5. Playing tips
Cats love to play. It keeps them active, fit, and healthy. When you play with them, it strengthens the bond between both of you. However, you might have a busy schedule and cannot make enough time to play with them. If you are busy and have little time to play with your cat, here are some hacks that can help you.
- Keep toys handy. One reason why some folks find it hard to play with their cats is that the toys are in another room. Getting up to fetch the toy(s) is a chore. However, if toys are handy, you are in a position to play with your cat during any free time you have.
- Provide solo toys. Some view solo toys as a crutch for lazy cat owners, but they are a great source of fun for your cat. Place these toys around the house and watch your cat have fun. Some of these toys include fake mice, balls, springy toys, etc. The choices are almost inexhaustible
It’s not always easy having a cat. Use the 5 tips in this article to make your life easier with a cat. Your cat will love you for it!
Guest Author: Jackie Johnston
Jackie Johnston is the founder of Cat World – a community of cat enthusiasts with a mission to spread knowledge on every aspect of raising and nurturing cats! In her spare time, Jackie loves reading and spending time with her two sons, and of course, with her furry felines, Simba and Max.