Many people think that due to the independence nature, cats are lonely much to be happy. Even those, who have love with cats, may have this incorrect perception as it can seem they have only some passive needs. However, they may be more to the necessity for a cat’s well being than many think. In this blog, we’re going to talk about the basic needs of these precious animals and give you the keys to understanding how to make your cat happy.
1. Offer proper nutrition and fresh water. Like us and all multicellular organisms, cats need to be well-nourished to feel good. Adequate nutrition to meet the needs of the feline is essential to prevent diseases coming to the species. Although it may seem obvious, it is important to remember that if you choose a commercial feed, it needs to be of good quality to get what’s best for your cat. There are numerous scientific studies which proved a good diet improves the general condition of the cat, the quality of their coat, their skin, eyes, etc. And if you prefer to make a homemade diet, keep in mind that cats are an obligate carnivores and need to consume a great amount of protein in the form of meat and fish. And don’t forget the importance of having plenty of clean freshwater available at all times.
2. Regular visits to the veterinarian are essential to prevent and detect the presence of diseases. The earlier the detection, the better the prognosis. It is important to follow the vaccinations and deworming schedule recommended by your specialist.
3. Pay attention to their hygiene. You probably have already noticed the amount of hours your cat spent on licking. Cleanness plays an fundamental role in the life of every feline and without it, they will not be happy. Cats can’t stand dirt in their environment. A disorganized term, lack of hygiene, neglect of their litter box, etc can seriously upset their well-being. It is recommended to brush long hair cats daily and to clean their litter box too.
4. Respect your cat’s personality. There are some cats which are more sociable, some which are more solitary. The latter might be the kind which hide every time a new visitor comes into the house. For this reason, you shouldn’t force your cat to do something they don’t want to do, especially when they are afraid. Respecting their peace and privacy is essential to ensure their happiness. The more you force your cat, the less they will want to stay by your side. This is because they will start to associate you with negative stimuli. They will then begin to associate the things you like as things they don’t like.
5. Understanding feline language. Cats have specific body language with which they can communicate with animals as well as humans. Learning to understand this body language is essential in knowing what it is a cat wants to tell us at all times and how we should act accordingly.
6. Increase environmental enrichment. Cats are natural hunters and need to express its natural instinct through play. You won’t need to invest a lot of money to do this as you can make your cat happy by crafting homemade toys or playing game with the toy to keep them entertained. The important thing is to offer the animal of varied range of toys which stimulate them physically and mentally. Also you will need scratching posts, posts, shelves to let them walk at a certain high and anything that can help them replicate their hunting behavior safely.
7. Choose the right litter and litter box. Most people think it is enough to put some sand in the box without thinking about how important it is to choose the right type for each animal. Cats are selected creatures with personal tastes and preferences. It’s essential to get them the products they feel comfortable using. Or they will do their business elsewhere. Unfortunately, there is no one box which is better than another since every cat is a world onto their own. What is universally accepted is that the box needs to be twice as big as the animal so that they can move freely and not feel uncomfortable. As for selecting the right type of litter, feline generally prefers those with finer grains and which have no perfume.
8. Adapt the number of litter boxes to number of cats. Do you live with more than one feline? If so, did you know that it is ideal to have more than one box? According to experts in feline behavior, it is advisable to have one box per cat with one extra on top. Cats are territorial animals as well as being very neat and possessive of their belongings. Sharing something as important as a toilet can lead them to not using it.
9. Use positing reinforcement. Although we think training is limited to dog, cats can also be educated. Positive reinforcement is the ideal method to guide your cat into certain behaviors. You can even train and teach them to do tricks. By awarding animal with treats or affection each time they behave properly, the cat relates the action or attitude to something good. This makes it more likely to repeat those behaviors again in order to increase the likelihood of a reward. Punishment and yelling is not the solution. They cause the animal to associate us with negative stimuli. They can even develop problems they would not otherwise have had.
10. Give them love and time. Many cats are very independent animals. It is true. But all they need is love, affection and attention from their fellow humans. You should spoil your cat when it is appropriate and don’t neglect them when they come looking for attention. They are very sensitive animals, observant and have a good memory. Any inappropriate behavior on your part will not go unnoticed and it can cool the relationship between the two of you.