7 ways you can create a cat-friendly home for your furry friend

A homeowner's cat enjoying a cat-friendly home

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Most people think of cats as low-maintenance pets that don’t require much in the way of care or attention. However, if you want your cat to be happy and healthy, as well as improve your home, there are some things you need to do to create a cat-friendly home.

1. Ensure that your cat has plenty of places to hide and feel safe

Cats are naturally shy and skittish creatures, and they can easily become overwhelmed or stressed in busy households. To help your cat feel comfortable and safe, make sure there are plenty of places for her to hide away when she wants some peace and quiet. This could be a cat bed in a quiet corner, a box or crate covered with a blanket, or even a small space behind the sofa. Give your cat some time to adjust to her new home and she’ll soon start to feel at ease.

2. Create vertical spaces for your cat to climb and explore

Cats are highly skilled climbers, and they love to explore their surroundings. To give your cat some vertical space to play and exercise, install some shelves or cat trees in your home. Your cat will love being able to jump and climb, and it’s a great way to keep her active and engaged.

3. Provide toys and stimulation to keep your cat active and engaged

Cats are notoriously playful creatures, and they need plenty of toys and stimulation to stay happy and healthy. Invest in some good quality cat toys, and make sure to rotate them regularly to keep your cat interested. You can also create DIY toys and games, such as a cardboard box filled with crumpled paper or a string attached to a toy mouse.

4. Offer a variety of food and water dishes in different locations

Cats can be fussy eaters, and they often prefer to have their food and water dishes in different locations. Experiment with different types of food and water dishes, and place them in different areas of your home. This will give your cat the opportunity to explore her surroundings and choose the food and water dish that she likes the best.

5. Keep your home clean and tidy to reduce stress levels

A messy and chaotic home can be very stressful for a cat, so it’s important to keep your living space clean and tidy. This means regular vacuuming and dusting, as well as decluttering to remove any potential hiding spots for pests. A tidy home will help your cat feel safe and secure, and it will reduce the chances of her experiencing stress or anxiety.

6. Introduce new pets and people slowly and carefully 

If you’re introducing a new pet or person to your home, it’s important to do so slowly and carefully. Cats can be very territorial, and they may become scared or aggressive if they feel like they’re being forced to share their home. Give your cat some time to adjust to the new arrival, and make sure to provide plenty of toys, food, and water dishes.

7. Be patient and understanding when your cat makes mistakes

Cats are creatures of habit, and they can sometimes take a while to adjust to changes in their environment. If your cat makes a mess or has an accident, try to be understanding and patient. Clean up the mess as best you can, and provide plenty of litter boxes, food, and water dishes. With time and patience, your cat will soon adjust to her new home.

Conclusion

Making your home cat-friendly is an important part of being a responsible pet owner. By creating safe spaces, providing stimulation and enrichment, and keeping your home clean and tidy, you can help your cat to live a happy and healthy life.

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Cristina Morizio

Long Island real estate agent Cristina Morizo
As an experienced REALTOR® and Long Island native, I know the ins and outs of the real estate market. I help home buyers, sellers, investors and homeowners navigate and negotiate. Questions? Ready to buy or sell? Let’s talk!

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