If you are a cat owner, you are probably aware that cats are often beguiling, low-maintenance, and inquisitive pets. They don’t require much attention even on a day dedicated to answering their questions (January 22 is National Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day). However, if you are like us, you will take any holiday dedicated to cats as an opportunity to spoil them rotten. Here are our top ten ways to do just that:
1.Get a Gorgeous Scratching Post
Cats love to trim their claws even if their only natural enemy is the vacuum cleaner. This is why cats enjoy clawing and picking at things like your couch, your leather shoes, and your carpet, etc. Answer their question of “What can I scratch without making you scream” by providing them with a luxurious scratching post.
2.Assist Your Cat in Staying Groomed
Cats love to preen and clean themselves, but they are not so fond of hacking up hairballs. Help your cat out by brushing her regularly. The extra attention and bonding time you two will share is just an added bonus.
3.Reward Your Cat with Treats
Cats enjoy treats just as much as the next pet, so reward your cat by giving them a new treat that’s not only healthy but also delicious and low in calories.
4.Surprise Your Cat with New toys
Generally speaking, cat toys are not very expensive, and cats love playing with them. Toys are physically and mentally stimulating, so playing with them keeps your cat young, lively, and healthy.
5.Renew Your Cat’s Water Bowl
Water is essential for your cat’s health and happiness. Because cats are curious and playful, you can make your cat’s time at the water dispenser more enjoyable by upgrading their water bowl to a fountain that bubbles and flows. There are many options available at various price points.
6.Upgrade Your Cat’s Throne (Litter Box)
Splurging a bit can be beneficial to you as well. By picking up a self-cleaning litter box, 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
Catnip is different from cat grass and 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 your cat feels like he’s sleeping in his own private cave…a real treat for any kitty.