Have a happy cat

Happy cat and owner playing

In recent years the popularity of the cat has increased with an population estimated at 7.2million, over 18% of all households in the UK has at least one cat.  Despite this many cats still end up in rescue centres or presented for euthanasia.  Behavioural problems, as reported by owners, are one of the most important causes for the failure of the cat-owner relationship.

By providing an environment rich in mental and physical stimulation, coupled with a well balanced diet, the cat-owner bond can be strengthened and problem behaviours can be reduced.  Below are our top tips to have a happy cat.

  • Use puzzle feeding cubes or hide dry food (kibble) around the house.
  • Toss dry food so the cat can chase after it as they would prey.
  • Use plastic drink bottles or yoghurt pots perforated with dry food sized holes and part fill with dried food, so the food falls when rolled by the cat.
  • Using food as reward, use a clicker or marker word like “good” to teach tricks like “sit”, “paw” and so on.  See below for an example of Evie performing a “sit” on request and learning the “stand” with food lure.
  • Encourage play with toys attached to string, so the cat can chase its ‘prey’.
  • Create an activity centre/climbing tree using scratch posts and soft platforms for rest areas.  This helps your cat scratch in a chosen spot, while exercising its innate scratching and climbing behaviours.
  • Gently groom your cat, this helps build trust and the cat-owner bond.

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