Happy cat, happy life… or something like that.
Regardless, cat parents know that a happy cat is less likely to exhibit destructive behaviors and is more likely to live a long, healthy life. Emotional health is just as important to our feline friends as it is to humans.
We’ve compiled a list of ways cat parents can keep their cats happy, in addition to lots of love and cuddles.
1. Regular Veterinary Visits
Annual checkups are very important for cats, who are well-known for hiding symptoms. These clues can also help you tell if you should take your cat to the veterinarian for an exam.
2. Well-Balanced Diet
Cats should be fed an appropriate amount of food that matches their size and energy output. It is OK to pamper your cat with a special treat now and again, like one of these homemade snacks.
3. Stimulating Environment
Mental stimulation and physical exercise are key components to pets living happy, healthy lives. Cat parents can encourage activities such as bird watching or paper bag exploration in addition to providing ample toys.
4. Sleeping Accommodations
Cats sleep 70% of their lives, so having a variety of slumber spots can be important. Prime locations features the most sunlight and heat available, such as window sills, a warm bed or next to a fireplace.
5. Feline Friendship
Though they may seem aloof at times, cats love socializing—especially with other cats. Adopting a second pet can seem a bit daunting, but these tips will help make the introductions go smoothly.
Tips courtesy of the ASPCA®.