Cats are known for their self-sufficiency, but that doesn't mean they don't need help. Cats can live 20+ years, and if you're going to be their caretaker for all that time, it's important to make sure they have a healthy environment to live in.
A cat needs plenty of exercise every day so it can maintain its muscular strength and flexibility. This also gives them the opportunity to play, interact with humans or other animals as well as release pent up energy from boredom. But how do you provide these things when your cat lives indoors?
The following are five ways pet owners can provide their cats with a healthy environment:
1. Make sure your cat has plenty of toys to play with
A cat's natural instinct is to hunt, and they need a way to release this energy. You can buy toys from the pet store or make them yourself with some old socks! Cats also enjoy playing games such as fetch so try throwing their toy across your living room for fun exercise sessions together - it'll be great bonding time too!
Cats are naturally curious creatures who love exploring new things around the house to find out what makes that noise outside (or purely out of curiosity). Make sure you provide plenty of opportunities inside by leaving doors open when possible; put down rugs on hardwood floors if necessary since cats don't like walking over these surfaces much anyway!
2. Give your cat a window or door that they can look out of
Cats love to watch the world go by and will be happy with a window or door that they can look out of. If you don't have any windows, consider installing one! Cats are natural hunters so this is also an opportunity for them to keep their hunting instincts sharp while still remaining safe inside your home. Plus, it's great bonding time too since cats like watching what we're up doing from afar as well!
You'll both enjoy some company during those long hours at work when they have nothing better do than wait patiently in their favourite spot near wherever light shines through on our return!
3. Keep litter boxes clean and have enough litter boxes available for all cats in the household
Cats are very clean animals and they will not use a litter box that is dirty. If the cat has to go, it'll find another place in your home or yard if there's no available spot for them! You should have more than enough boxes around so you can keep up with their needs without any accidents because of the lack of an available litter box when they need it most - which would be during times where we're away from our homes like at work all day long (or even just running errands).
It doesn't matter how many cats live under your roof as each of them require an equal amount; meaning two kitties need three boxes, while four cats require five, etc.
4. Feed them fresh food twice daily, not canned food
Cats are carnivores and they need fresh meat to survive. Canned food is not a healthy option for them because it contains too much sodium, which can cause kidney failure if consumed regularly.
You should feed cats twice daily with wet or dry foods that contain at least 30% protein from animal sources like chicken breast, but never canned foods as they will only make their health worse over time rather than bettering themselves.
It's important you know what kind of diet works best for your cat(s) before making any changes, so consult an expert veterinarian first.
5. Give them access to scratching posts
Cats need to scratch, and they will do so on anything that is available. This can be a problem for furniture or carpets in your home if you don't provide them with an appropriate scratching post.
The best way to prevent this kind damage without depriving cats of their natural instinctive behaviour is to get a scratch post as soon as you can. You'll find it's worth every dollar spent because not only do posts save time cleaning up after accidents but also money by protecting expensive flooring surfaces, which are often ruined when scratched at inappropriately because of human error and cat claws being sharp enough to damage tough materials.
The scratching post should be tall enough for your cat to stretch up on their hind legs and widely/thickly padded on top so that they can hang on with all four paws while stretching, a natural position cats love in so they can not only scratch but also relax their muscles after intense activity.
The best posts are made of sisal rope because they're durable. yet flexible. Plus, they have rough surfaces suited for scratching - just make sure you don't use carpeting material since most felines prefer materials like wood over fabric-based items.
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