Building a fun and relaxing home environment will help your pet enjoy a comfortable, safe, and enriched life — and have huge benefits on their well-being. Here are some top tips on how to make your home feline friendly…
1. Provide an outdoor view
Even indoor-only cats can benefit from the outside world. Cats often enjoy spending time gazing out the window are likely to spend much time looking outside a window. It means they can see all the goings on and take in the natural world, all from the safety and comfort of their own home. So, it is a good idea to create a spot where your cat can enjoy the window view.
A small slope or ledge should be enough for your pet to be able to gain a look-out at the events taking place in the outside world. This space can also be your reading area with a window where the pet can curl next to you while relaxing in the evening during your tea time. As always, make sure it is a safe space where your cat won’t have an accident or become intimidated by anything on the outside, such as neighbouring cats.
2. Have suitable hiding spots
A cat-friendly home needs nice places for your cat to hide, snooze, and get away from it all. While creating several ideal hideaways, you can give your cat a place to hide in the open, so he can be part of the family but still feel safe and protected. Cats prefer smaller spaces to watch what is happening around them or to take a nap, even a cardboard box can become a favourite spot for your cat.
There are also innovative products that can help to allow your cat hide in the house. Choose from several sleek, contained, or half-contained cat beds that you can place anywhere in your home. Purchasing a bubble bed or house for your cat is an excellent way to give them a safe space. Place this in the living room or wherever most of your time is spent at home with your family — if you find your cat isn’t using it, then try putting it in a quieter location.
3. Create a comfortable space
When creating a cat-friendly home think from your cat’s perspective. You can give your cat spaces to explore, hideaway, climb, and practice their natural feline behaviours. In multi-cat households, it certainly helps to give each cat their own resources, and enough space so they can distance from one another when they want to. But also think of the layout and furnishing of the house — is the furniture cat-friendly? Does the positioning of things make it easier for cats to move around? Are the floors and carpets friendly on their paws? Shelves for your cat to climb on to give them a different vantage point will be appreciated by your feline friend.
A real nice touch would be a pet portraits. Not only will you enjoy looking at it — it will make the whole house feel more cat friendly and we’re sure your feline friend would approve!
4. Set up scratching surfaces
Scratching is in the essence of your cat, so you need to give your cat a choice suitable surfaces to practise this behaviour — ideally not your best chair or curtains! Cats in the wild can use standing and decaying trees to hack to keep the paws ready for climbing. You can replicate it by using a robust scratch post where a cat can stand full on their hind legs to scratch and stretch. It is a good idea to provide horizontal scratch surfaces too.
Just as in the case of toys, it is nice to have enough scratching surfaces in your home so that your cat can clean his paws, stretch well and leave his impression on them. They can be made of cardboard, tapestries, or natural clothing, and put them all around your house to build a little scratching track. Now your cat can have more allocated places to dig their claws in instead of your furniture!
5. Have a Litter tray
Cats in nature often seek to leave a marker of their presence — they like to leave their scent on things. However, toileting is a time when cats like to be as indiscreet as possible as they feel vulnerable when answering nature’s call. Therefore, the location of the litter tray is very important if you wish to make your home cat-friendly. Your cat may not be likely to use its litter tray if the location, size, or litter type are not welcoming.
The toilet area of your cat should have better protection so that a peaceful low-traffic area works well. Cats will not wish to eat where they go to the toilet, so do not put the litter box near the food bowl. Your cat can feel uncomfortable when it is in a litter tray, so try not to place a litter box in a small area like a cupboard or a closed room. Your cat shouldn’t feel stuck since it will encourage your cat not to use the tray.
These suggestions do not need a huge budget or a lot of time to build a working and engaging atmosphere for your cat. It just takes a little imagination to find your cat a place to make its better living.