How to Tell if Your Cat is Happy?
Most people recognize the screech and hiss of an angry cat. The loud, alarming sound leaves little doubt to the meaning. The ways cats show they are happy and content are usually more subtle, however. To tell if your cat is happy, pay attention to her tail, eyes, body language, and behavior.
Is My Cat Happy Indoors?
Many people who have indoor cats wonder if a kitty is truly happy without going outside. Cats don’t require a lot of square footage to be happy. You can even have a cat in a small apartment, as long as you and the kitty work together to share spaces. Some cats do become bored indoors, so in addition to food, water, affection, and safety, you’ll want to provide some intellectual stimulation for the kitty’s curious mind. Toys, cat trees to climb, treat puzzles, and a variety of boxes or places to investigate will help your indoor cat be physically and emotionally happy.
Cats that are kept inside have limited exposure to parasites, diseases, and poisons. This can extend their lifespan and reduce your vet bill! And these lowered risk factors also mean that your furry friend is less likely to experience chronic pain. Your indoor cat also does not have to deal with the anxiety that comes with potentially dangerous encounters with cars, people, and other animals. By keeping your cat safe and sound indoors, you can reduce the likelihood that she will get into a fight or get injured. Overall, indoor cats live in a much more stress-free environment than those that spend time outside.
What Else Can You Do to Keep Your Indoor Cat Happy?
If your housing plan allows for it, try providing your cat with a perch on a window. This will allow your cat to soak up some sun while staying safely inside. You can also give your pet a taste of the great outdoors by installing a pot of cat grass just for her.And don't forget the catnip! Providing your cat with toys stuffed with dry catnip is a great way to keep her happy.
Keep them entertained
- The ideal number of cats is usually one or two. Having two littermates is often ideal, as they are more likely to get on and keep each other company when you’re not at home. A single cat will usually just sleep while you’re away and look forward to you coming home.
- Cat toys can provide fun and exercise, and they don’t need to be expensive. A ping pong ball is cheap. Scrunched-up paper is very popular. Cat exercise wheels are costly but can be a lot of fun and provide good exercise.
- Puzzle feeders that hide food are also a fun toy for curious cats and can recreate the hunting behavior of searching for food.
- Give generously of your time a couple of times a day to pet and play with your cat.
- Some cats like to watch TV. There are special videos on YouTube for a cat audience showing movements, such as of birds and fish, which cats can find mesmerizing and entertaining.
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*We hope to give you better ideas for your pet, but this information is not meant to be a substitute for veterinary care. Always follow the instructions provided by your veterinarian. If your pet feels bad, please take it to the veterinarian in time.