Whether your feline friend likes a solitary life or is always pestering for fusses, owning a cat is an enriching experience. But with that joy comes responsibility – a responsibility to make the best decisions for your cat so they can live a healthy and happy life. To help you become a better pet owner, here are some helpful tips and tricks to ensure your cats remain content:
Buy a Stash of Toys
Cats may seem lazy, but they still love to play (especially when younger!). Stocking up on toys, such as balls, catnip mice, and scratching posts can keep your cats entertained for hours. You should also rotate the toys every few weeks so they don’t lose interest in them – when they get ‘zoomies’, they will learn to play with toys rather than scratching at sofas and other furniture.
Brush Their Fur Regularly
If you’re tired of finding fur everywhere you go, this life hack is for you. While you can’t completely stop your cat from shedding, you can reduce the amount of fur they shed around the home. Regular brushing helps to remove dead hair and dirt that would otherwise build up in their fur; this means there’s less chance of it ending up around your home, and if they are long-haired cats, it helps to prevent knots and tangles in their fur.
Buy a Carpet Pet Hair Remover
Do you find that your vacuum cleaner doesn’t remove all of the fur your cat leaves behind? Investing in a carpet pet hair remover can be a lifesaver. These specially designed rollers help to easily pick up any bits of fur that may have been left behind after vacuuming. Alternatively, use the remover every couple of days to get rid of excess pet hair without having to use the vacuum cleaner constantly.
Don’t Choose a Basic Litter Box
Although they may be the cheapest option, the basic litter boxes aren’t always the most functional. Instead, opt for a higher-quality tray – these can range from hooded litter pans that help contain odors to automatic types that scoop the waste into a separate compartment. Investing in one of these specialized items will make life easier and keep your cat happy – and your house smelling fresh. While you don’t need to spend hundreds on a litter tray, choose a design that will make litter box maintenance that little bit easier. With higher sides, for example, you won’t find litter all over the floor each time the box is used.
Make DIY Toys
If you’re on a budget, there’s no need to buy expensive cat toys. You can make DIY playthings with items from around your home. For example, stuff an old sock or small pillowcase with treats and watch as your cats have hours of fun trying to get them out. Alternatively, tie a bunch of ribbons together for a makeshift cat wand – the movement will entice their curiosity. Elsewhere, you can use old toilet rolls or empty boxes to make a makeshift maze for your cat. The possibilities are endless.
Get a Scratching Post
Finally, cats have an instinct to scratch – it’s their way of sharpening their claws and marking territory. If you want your furniture to remain intact, buying a sturdy scratching post can be a great solution. This will provide a safe outlet for them to express their natural behavior without tearing up carpets or clawing at sofas (the last thing you want!).
Follow these tips and you can guarantee your cats will be well looked after. With a few smart life-hacks, owning a cat can become even more enjoyable and rewarding!