There are few things every cat owner should know before getting a cat as a pet in the house. As having a cat is easy but keeping up with its activity is difficult. Here are few most important things you should know about the cats. We have listed them down from #12 to #1.
#12 – Cardboard Boxes
The best toy or hiding spot cats love is the card board boxes and they even use it for scratching.
#11 – Grooming
Cats love being groomed and they spend hours grooming themselves. You will even find cats grooming each others as well.
#10 – Hunting Prey
You won’t find any cat that doesn’t get the urge to hunt. For most cats, this is going to be in the middle of your night, and while this is unfortunate, don’t discourage it. Do not yell at them, or look on in revulsion when they bring you their prized catch, as this innate need helps them survive.
#09 – Sleeping
Cats sleep 15-16 hours on average in a day! When they are sleeping, avoid bothering them, as this will ensure that you don’t stress them out or harm their wellbeing. If your cat is just a kitten, definitely make sure that they get undisturbed sleep.
#08 – Scratching
We have all seen how our furniture looks like after a cat gets to it with their claws. Scratching is one of the instinctual behaviors that your cat does for fun, to sharpen their claws, and to mark their territory within the home. If this behavior is becoming a problem, we recommend that you place some scratching posts around for them, especially near their favorite scratch spots. Playing with them during the day to release their energy might also help reduce this behavior.
#07 – Being Petted
Has your cat ever walked up to you, turned around, and presented their tail end? Good! This area right above the tail is where a cat cannot use its paws or tongue to scratch. Some cats love to back up against a dangling hand if they want a good scratch.
#06 – Sun Bathing
Does your cat have a favorite spot on the windowsill? Basking in the sun during the day is a favorite pastime of kitty cats. This is because cats like temperatures of 20 degrees higher than human’s ideal temperature. They seek out heat and when they find it, they like to nap in that spot. This could be by any heat source, such as a portable heater, a computer, or on top of a heating vent.
#05 – High Places
Cats love to sleep in high places as this protects them from getting ambushed unexpectedly. They also love to view the world and everything that goes on around them from these high spots. Consider purchasing a cat patio with multiple levels so that they can climb, or try purchasing multi-level cat towers, climbing nets, and high shelving to let them explore this desire.
#04 – Bird-Watching
Cats can spend countless hours staring out a window and watching the world go by. They are fascinated with objects that get blown around by the wind, insects, people, and birds. If you have an indoor cat and they are alone, definitely open up your blinds and give them a spot on the windowsill so that they can be entertained.
#03 – Running Water
Cats love drinking water from running faucets. This is because your cat might instinctively be suspicious of stagnant water, realizing that still water isn’t always safe as bacteria and microbes grow exponentially in them. The running water from the tap also probably tastes better because it’s cooler and oxygenated. Fortunately, there are lots of drinking fountains—designed for cats—to provide fresh, cool, and running water for your pet.
#02 – Play Time
Cats will play with toys, with you, or with objects that intrigue them like bottle tabs, crinkly bags, and straws or string. Don’t just rely on toys to ensure their happiness though, it is better to spend time with them if you can.
#01 – Eating
Cats adore food. They will eat fresh food that is newly opened. But they won’t touch it after that. Cats need to eat daily, but not in the same way as dogs do. If your cat is picking at their food, they are telling you they don’t like it because it may be stale. To keep your cat healthy, regularly change up their diet and incorporate small, healthy treats every once in a while. This ensures that they feel loved and cared for.