Three Christmases ago we welcomed two kittens into our home. Tigger and Edgä belonged to the girls but shared their love with all of us.
Tigger’s a free spirit who purrs upon contact, while Edgä does not like to be picked up but will choose her own time to cuddle when she is ready.
A few months later we welcomed our third feline addition to the family, Ginger. She is a sassy, saucy, trouble maker that loves to play fetch on the stairs and bite toes during the night. Ginger is Beckett’s cat, they complement each other’s personality.
There are several key things that we do, that you can also do, to keep your feline family member feeling loved.
Love and Happiness. Regular playtime with your cat provides him/her with a stimulating environment and experience – this translates into a healthy, happy and loved cat. Fancy toys aren’t needed. In fact, you may find that your cat prefers household items you never intended as toys. Some great toys include ping-pong balls, paper bags, and cardboard boxes.
Go crazy for catnip! You might have noticed that your cat adores catnip and they aren’t the only one. Cats can react strongly to catnip because it heightens their senses – smell, touch, sight, sound, and taste, causing them to run and jump around, roll on the floor and perhaps act a little… insane.[ii] While they may appear drugged, this is a natural reaction and something that cats truly enjoy. You can purchase toys with catnip inside or sprinkle some on toys and scratch posts.
Provide a vantage point. You might have noticed that your cat prefers to be on top of your closet, climbing the kitchen cupboard or finding a warm sunny patch on the window sill. Cats naturally like finding the highest spots in your house so they can feel safe from predators (although there may not be any, this is a natural instinct), and keep an eye on their territory[iii]. If you don’t have great perching areas available, you can create these by bringing in tall scratching posts and cat tree furniture.
As beautiful as our three little felines are there, is something that we have not spoken about, the messy truth behind having cats. Unless you have a cat that poops in the toilet, there are litter boxes that need to be cleaned daily. KT takes on the main responsibility of the daily poop pickup but each month we do a large overhaul of all four litter boxes. Our local veterinarian suggested four litter boxes so that each cat would have their own box and a spare. She explained that cats are clean animals and take grooming very seriously. So it only makes sense that they’d want a clean litter box area too. We make sure the box always has enough litter in it, is cleaned often and placed in a quiet area with little foot traffic so it feels private and safe.
The smell of four litter boxes can be overwhelming, on very hot afternoons you could classify it as a stench. Over the past three years, and several products tested, we have found Arm & Hammer Clump and Seal Light Weight and Arm & Hammer Multi-Cat Clumping Cat Litter are the best items to keep our house smelling fresh each day, for seven days in a row.
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