How to Raise a Happy Cat

As the one who provides and is the caregiver, you play a significant role in curating the happiness of your cat. By satisfying your cat’s basic needs, both emotionally and physically as well as environmentally, it will allow your cat to exhibit it’s ‘normal’ personality. Your cat has the same range of emotional and physical needs as you, to a degree, so tending to those (and then some) is the secret to raising a happy, healthy, and emotionally stable life-long friend! Here are five ways for you to make a positive difference in your cat’s life.

1. Security
The survival instinct is the strongest instinct in all living animals, and especially in ourselves. Without feeling safe and free from infinite possibilities of imminent danger, no creature can safely eat, sleep, drink, and rest. Here are a few ways you can improve your cat’s feeling of security.

Does your cat like to go up on top of the fridge, or maybe climb into the linen closet, or even crawl under blankets? Most cats tend to do these things, and here’s why; it is a natural instinct for your cat to want to feel ‘on top’ of everything, and they do this by hiding in spots that they know or feel are secure. This is why going into enclosed dark and warm places is so important to cats. Consider making them a small hiding place somewhere and trying to get them used to the spot, as well as buying some cat furniture. Cat furniture is perfect for giving your cat a safe place to feel secure.

Routine plays a significant role in the feelings of security that animals and your house pick up on naturally. If they are used to the same morning routine with you or the other members of your family, moving, having guests over, or major redecorating can severely screw with the cat’s sense of security, schedule, and routine.

2. A Good Diet

Poor nutrition is, unfortunately, and most likely unintentionally, a serious problem in the cat ownership world. Poor nutrition for an extended period can lead to problems like bathroom problems, gaining too much weight or not enough weight, unhealthy skin and an unhealthy outer fur coat. Symptoms of not having a healthy outer coat of fur include patchiness, grease, lots of fur falling off (even if they are a young cat, which makes it even worse) and clumps of skin as well as fleas.

3. A Comfortable, Warm, Dry, and Clean Environment

This is very important for cats. They are always very uncomfortable if they cannot properly clean their habitat and form it to however they want it. Try to clean the ‘cat box’ as much as possible, and make sure that it never gets too full. Odorous habitats are unpleasant for you, your cat, your family members, and serve as a mortal bane of embarrassment when company comes over!

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