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What Makes Cats Happy?

What Makes Cats Happy?

 

What Makes Cats Happy?

Considering all cats do for us – things like snuggles, hours of entertainment, and even more snuggles – It’s natural to want to return the favor.
But what makes indoor cats happy? To help tackle this important question, we’ve compiled our top tips.

What Do Cats Need to Be Happy?

 

A Healthy Diet
If you want your fur baby to enjoy a longer, happier life, invest in high-quality food. Sure, you could save a few bucks by choosing inexpensive options, but like most things in life, you may get what you pay for. Consult your veterinarian for recommendations on cat food that will best deliver complete nutrition.


Preventative Veterinarian Care
Many pet owners don’t take their animals to the vet until something is wrong. But just like people, preventative care can help your “kitteh” stay healthy and happy. Consider investing in a periodic checkup, preventative worm and flea treatments, and other proactive measures. Granted, the vet visit won’t make your cat happy, but potentially heading off a more serious illness certainly will.

Regular Brushing
Periodic brushing can reduce hairballs, help you spot fleas (which in turn may help you prevent heartworms), and offer an opportunity for you to bond with your fuzzy best friend. Ideally, brushing is a ritual best established at kittenhood. But an adult cat can warm up to (and ultimately grow to love) the ritual of brushing if you ease into it.


Frequent Attention and Interaction
Don’t be fooled by their aloof personas. Cats need interaction and stimulation. Wands and laser pointers are great choices to provide entertainment and exercise. And needless to say, a regular treat followed by a scratch under the chin will always go a long way.

Space to Be Alone
As much as your cat loves snuggle time with you, it also needs the freedom to be by itself. This is especially true if you have small kids and/or dogs. In practice, this means letting your cat come to you when he or she wants attention, and providing places in your home where the cat can go if it needs to feel safe.

A Cat Tree to Call Home
As we mentioned in a previous blog post, cats love cat trees. Why? A well designed cat tree offers things to climb, places to hide, stuff to scratch, and multiple opportunities to test their fitness, balance, and coordination.

Unfortunately, a typical cat tree looks a lot more inviting to a cat than it does to you and your house guests. For something everyone can love, consider the Cat Case™ Bookcase with Hidden Cat Tree / Cat Tower. This cleverly-designed modern cat tree offers all the feline happiness inducers mentioned above, discretely built into a modular bookcase that will look great in virtually any room of your house.

Why Do Cats Like Cat Trees?

cat tree

We get it. The last thing you want spoiling a tastefully-decorated home is a shag carpet cat condo. And sure, your carefully-curated mid-century furniture elicits admiring glances from your dinner guests. But let’s be honest, none of it is terribly inspiring or useful to your feline companions.

Experts suggest that cat furniture like cat climbing trees offer a variety of benefits to your pet’s health and well-being. That’s why - like it or not - you should strongly consider making space in your house for a kitty condo.

Why Are Cat Trees Good for Cats?

The Need to Climb

According to LeadER Animal Specialty Hospital, wild cats have a natural instinct to climb to high places where they can feel safe from predators. While the closest thing house cats have to a predator might be the vacuum cleaner, this instinct still exists. Providing a perch that allows them to look down at the family dog, a toddler, and even you can make your cats feel more secure. 



The Impulse to Hide

If you’ve ever chuckled at the term “If I fits, I sits,” you’re probably a cat owner amused by your kitty’s odd tendency to squeeze into teeny spaces. According to Feline Behavior Solutions, this also stems from an instinct to find a place that’s safe from predators. Cats also routinely need a place to get away from you and even other cats. That’s why many cat towers also feature enclosed spaces for them to curl up in.



The Urge to Scratch

Vetstreet writes that scratching provides stimulation and helps cats mark their territory. That’s why a well-conceived cat tree house will incorporate at least one or more cat scratching posts into the design. This lets your kitties get their scratch on without damaging your couch.



The Need for Exercise

Just like people, cats need movement to stay healthy. Cat trees offer a fun and stimulating way for cats to build and maintain strength, balance, and coordination. 



As you can see, a cat tower makes your house feel like a home to your feline friends. But if you’d prefer not to dominate the room with a beige monstrosity, consider the Cat Case™ Bookcase with Hidden Cat Tree / Cat Tower. This cleverly-designed modern cat tree offers all the benefits mentioned above, discretely built into a modular bookcase. Now you can please your cats and impress your dinner guests.