Top 10 Ways to Treat Your Cat
If you’re a cat owner, then you know that cats are generally beguiling, low-maintenance, inquisitive pets. They don’t ask for much, even on a day designated for kitty Q&A (January 22 is National Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day). But if you’re like us, you’ll take any holiday dedicated to kitties as an opportunity to spoil them rotten. Here are our top ten ways to do just that:
1. Get a Really Nice Scratching Post
Cats love to groom their nails even if their only predator is the vacuum cleaner. This is why cats like to claw and pick at things like your couch, your leather loafers, your carpet, etc. Answer their question of, “What can I scratch without making you scream” by treating them to a deluxe scratching post.
2. Help Your Cat Stay Groomed
Cats love to preen and clean, but they aren’t as fond of hacking up hairballs. Help your cat out by brushing her on a regular basis. The extra attention and bonding time you two will have is just an added bonus.
3. Treat Your Cat with Treats
Cats enjoy treats just as much as the next pet, so treat your cat by getting them a new treat that’s not only healthy but also delicious and low in calories.
4. Give Your Cat New Toys
Generally-speaking, cat toys aren’t very costly, and cats love playing with them. Toys are physically and mentally stimulating, so playing with them keeps your cat young, sharp and healthy.
5. Refresh Your Cat’s Water Dish
Water is essential for your cat’s health and happiness. Because cats are curious and playful, you can make your cat’s time spent at the water cooler entertaining by upgrading their water dish to a fountain that bubbles and flows. There are many options available at various price points.
6. Upgrade Your Cat’s Throne (Litter Box)
A splurge that might benefit you as well, pick up a self-cleaning litter box and your cat will never have to suffer the indignity of a dirty litter box again.
7. Spend Some Extra Time Cuddling Together
For most cats, there’s no time like lap time, so plan to spend a little extra time sitting and relaxing. Plan to sit down and finally read that book you’ve been wanting to start or use your cuddle time for an extra brushing session.
8. Plant a Patch of Cat Grass
If you’ve ever seen your cat try to nibble the leaves of your favorite fichus or the blooms of fresh-cut flowers, it’s because they’ve got a natural instinct to nosh on grass. Grass fibers help them with digestion among other things. Cat grass is actually easy to grow indoors and outdoors and is a definite treat for kitties (it’s also a treat for your indoor house plants, many of which are toxic to pets).
9. Treat Your Cat to Catnip
Different from cat grass, catnip is an herb from the mint family that has a stimulating effect on cat behavior. A little catnip can help make your cat’s playtime extra fun; however, do be careful when it comes to catnip as not all cats will enjoy the effect.
10. Get Your Cat a New Bed
Your cat probably spends more of his hours each day sleeping than awake, so a new bed is a perfect treat. Depending on your cat’s personality you can get something ultra-plush or with lots of coverage, so you cat feels like he’s sleeping in his own private cave…a real treat for any kitty.
While an extra hug and a scratch behind the ears is a treat for most cats, there are plenty of extra-special ways to treat your cat every day. One way is by making sure you feed your cat an natural cat food, one designed to support lifelong physical, mental and emotional feline health.