Purrrceive Your Cat’s Behavior

The idea that our feline friends don’t need as much love and attention is simply not true. Sure, cats are much different from their canine counterparts and more independent, but they still crave comfort.

Deciding if your cat will live indoors or outdoors is an important decision. While there are benefits to both, living indoors certainly promotes a longer and healthier life due to less risk of parasites, animal attacks, cars and much more. If you choose to keep your cat indoors, be sure to provide enough physical and mental stimulation through interaction, exercise and play.

A scratch post is a must. Your cat doesn’t scratch carpets and furniture to be naughty, it’s a natural instinct that begins when they are kittens. Keep in mind, not all scratch posts are made equal. Your cat may have very specific preferences to the type of surface material, location and height.

Playtime is good for your cat’s overall health. Keep your cat mentally stimulated with a variety of toys and challenging games. Cats have the natural instinct to chase, hunt and capture, so look for toys that flutter, bounce and make noise. Shoot for at least 15 minutes a day of interactive play, especially for kitties that are left alone for most of the day.

The cleaner, the better. Cats can be very particular and sincerely appreciate clean and easily accessible litter boxes. Do your best to clean your cat’s litter box at least once a day and put it in a quiet area of your home. If your cat starts to defecate outside of their litter box despite cleanly conditions, there may be an underlying health concern.

Spraying & urine marking is normal if your pet has not been neutered. Your cat may exhibit this behavior if they are around other cats or stressed due to factors such as too much time left alone, a new roommate and moving.