Sometimes, for cat lovers, it’s hard to feel connected to our feline companions. Cats are notoriously independent, so it can be hard know if they are happy or not. Here are a few tips to ensure your cat stays happy!
Tips for a Happy Cat
Do you sometimes feel a disconnect between you and your cat?
Are you unsure of what your cat is wanting from you or how to make your kitty happier?
Here are some tips to help you have a better relationship with your cat and to make your kitty happier and more content.
Cats do not have many appeasement gestures as do dogs, humans, horses and other group animals. Group animals have many ways to work together to resolve tension without resorting to an emergency response of either fleeing, withdrawing or fighting.
Cats do not know how to cooperatively resolve or diffuse stress.
When a cat senses conflict, he or she will run or withdraw to avoid the source of stress, or the kitty will fight. Therefore, if a cat follows you or remains close to you seeking your attention, it is a true form of flattery! It is your job to bond with your cat.
A cat will only become affectionate with you and seek your attention, wanting your companionship, if he or she likes you and trusts you. If you ignore your cat, your cat will not bond with you.
If you reprimand or scold your cat, your cat will fear you, mistrust you and avoid you. If there is conflict between cats in a household, they will avoid each other or fight. Below are tips to ensure that you have a good relationship with your cat and that your kitty is happy and content.
Tips to Have a Happy Cat
Separate food and water dishes. Cats like to drink in a separate location from where they eat. Use large ceramic bowls for water. Refill and refresh water at least once a day.
Always have dry food available for your cat to nibble at his or her leisure. If you must restrict your cat’s food intake, many small frequent meals are preferred over two or three larger meals per day. Free-feeding will prevent a number of behavioral problems.
Give wet food to your cat (avoid most grocery store brands and the ‘shredded’ meat variety). Wet food is healthier than dry food and gives needed water. The more water a cat drinks, the less likely the kitty will be prone to developing urinary tract infections.
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Want to make sure your cat stays happy and healthy? Here are a few tips to make sure you take the best possible care of your furry friend, and make their life as happy as possible.
How to Make Your Cat Happy
You have a mini-lion at home and you want to make it as happy as possible. Providing for a pet who has its own personality and charm is one of the most satisfying parts of the relationship.
You can learn to keep your pet as happy and healthy in life as possible.
Feed your cat well.
The right diet is extremely important for the wellbeing of your cat. Obesity is a common source of problems among domesticated animals.
Look for quality cat food in your favourite pet shop and make sure to buy something adapted to its age.
For quantities, follow the instructions on the food package.
However these are just guidelines, Many times the manufacturer over estimate the quantities, so this should always be interpreted in light of whether the cat is losing or gaining weight when fed that amount.
If you don’t know which brand to choose, talk to your veterinarian. He or she will be happy to help.
Be careful with treats. Cats are always on the look-out for good food and will beg for their favourite piece of fish. Only give a treat once in a while to avoid obesity.
Keep your cat healthy.
Felines can catch a variety of illnesses outside and inside the house. It is important to bring your cat to the veterinarian at least two times a year for a check-up. Your cat should be neutered to prevent unwanted babies and lower the risks of feline HIV.
In a growing number of countries, it is mandatory to neuter your cats to keep the feline population under control.
Don’t forget to ask for a regular worming and flea treatment, especially if your cat spend a lot of time outside. Cats will be very unhappy if they have to scratch all the time!
Have your cat chipped by the veterinarian. It can save you a lot of trouble if the animal is lost and found and it is sometimes mandatory.
Look out for the following symptoms: weight loss, lack of energy, aggressive behavior, eye infection, wounds, limp, dirty ears.
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Wondering if you can keep your cat happy indoors? Here are a few reasons *why* you should keep your cat indoors and how to keep it happy and healthy!
Keeping Your Cat Happy Indoors
For cats, the great outdoors are anything but great. Whether they live in the city, in the suburbs, or in the country, outdoor cats face a multitude of risks.
They are exposed to contagious diseases, most of which are fatal.
Traffic takes a huge toll on free-roaming cats, and while many people believe their pets are street-wise, no cat looks both ways when being chased by another animal.
Further dangers include poisons, leg-hold traps, pet theft, and inhumane treatment by cruel people.
Outdoor cats cause problems, too. They dig and defecate in neighbors’ yards, and as predators, they injure and kill a significant number of wild animals. Cats cannot be trained to ignore their natural hunting instincts. The only sure way to safeguard wildlife is to keep cats inside
What does your indoor cat miss?
Getting hit by a car, feline leukemia, attacks by dogs, poisoned food, pesticides, cat fights, fleas, ticks, worms, abscesses, getting lost, getting stolen, steel-jaw traps, human cruelty, gunshot wounds, puncture wounds, wild animal attacks, cold, rainy weather.
Benefits of life indoors
The average life span of an outdoor cat is 2 to 3 years, whereas an indoor-only cat can live 15 to 20 years. Indoor cats are usually healthier, too, which saves on veterinary bills for treatment of contagious diseases, parasites, and abscesses from fights with other animals.
While it is true that cats enjoy sunshine, fresh air, and exercise, they do not need to go outside to be satisfied. Some creative planning on the part of their human guardians can help indoor cats live fully.
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