How to Raise a Happy Cat
Having a happy cat is just the beginning of many great characteristics; a happy cat is generally friendly, sociable and content with its current surroundings. What more could you want from your feline friend? Veterinary professionals agree that a cat’s personality can be influenced by their genetics, but around 50% of it is down to the way they are raised. Listed below are a few simple tricks to ensure your cat is a happy one!
This is one of the major deciding factors when it comes to the happiness of your cat. Without a safe place to sleep and a sense of freedom from fear of sudden dangers, no cat can rest! It is crucial that your cat has access to its own uninterrupted personal space, whether this is her go to hiding spot or stretched out on top of the fireplace mantle. If an area similar to this is not easily accessible for your cat you can easily create one, whether that means clearing a window sill or purchasing some specially designed cat ‘furniture’ that includes a little hidey-hole. Another crucial element to ensuring your cat feels secure is a strong sense of routine, as you may know cats don’t respond well to sudden upheavals in their routine such as introducing new animals too quickly, changes in litter box/bed placement and feeding times. So making sure your cat feels secure in its home environment is the first step to a happy cat!
- Gentle Handling
This is especially important in kittens and younger cats as it encourages a loving and nurturing bond between you and your cat. Practicing being extra gentle with your cat and showing some affection as often as you can spare will prove to your cat that humans can be trusted and kind and they will in turn crave the attention they can get from you.
- Good Diet
Incorrect nutrition can be a huge factor in your cat’s happiness, Imagine being fed something you don’t like or makes you feel ill day in and day out? It is important to take note of the taste your cat has so that you can feed it something that it enjoys as well as something that is nutritious and balanced to avoid any discomfort. Tip: Real meat as the protein source and ones with additional vitamins, minerals and fatty acids are particularly beneficial and will help keep your cat healthy and happy.
Overall, these 3 factors are probably the most crucial elements involved in keeping your cat content throughout all stages of its life.