According to Matt Davies Harmony Communities, cats spend most of their time indoors. Sometimes they are busy being a ‘cat-loaf’ in a cushy place and other times they are curious explorers who are trying to find everything in something. That’s why you need to make your home as cat-friendly as possible. Here’s how you can do it.
1. Add vertical spaces – A cat-friendly home needs a lot of vertical space. Vertical spaces are a big deal for cats since it opens up their territory and makes it less chaotic in a multi-cat household. When there are more than two cats in a home, vertical spaces allow individual cats enough private space and that leads to fewer cat fights and conflicts.
Vertical spaces allow cats to survey their environment from a high position and encourage them to exercise, climb and jump around. The easiest way to add vertical spaces is to buy or build cat shelves and cat trees and find a way to interconnect them without restricting mobility for yourself in your home.
2. Improve their dining experience – Cats have delicate whiskers and when you feed them in bowls with high sides, it interferes with those whiskers. The follicles from which whiskers originate are packed full of nerves and blood vessels. To cats, whiskers are as sensitive as fingertips to humans. That’s why your cat may have a rough time eating from a bowl with high sides. You should replace that with a dish that has low sides and is much wider than your cat’s head.
3. Provide hiding spots – While cats have domesticated themselves and love to seek your attention and prevent you from getting work done, they also love cozy hiding places. It helps them to hide away from their surroundings and feel safe and calm. Hiding spots are especially necessary for nervous cats.
If you don’t add curated hiding spots in your home, your cat may hide under the bed, behind the closet, and other such spaces where you’ll have a hard time looking for it. Hiding spaces also help nervous cats to build confidence and integrate with the family.
4. Offer a view – If your neighbor is a peeping tom, he or she shares a characteristic with your cat. Cats love to look out windows and observe the world from a safe refuge. That’s why you need to create a lookout point for your cat in the form of a window perch. You may not know the deep philosophical thoughts your cat is thinking about while staring outside for hours.
However, you can be sure that the window perch is your cat’s favorite spot. This change isn’t recommended if you have too many unfriendly neighborhood cats who may spook and pick a fight with your feline from the other side.
Matt Davies Harmony Communities suggests that you use the tips mentioned above to make your home as cat friendly as possible. Create more vertical spaces that are easy to climb, make their dining experience more pleasant, and give them several hiding spots.