Having a cat with its own personality is one of the many perks of owning one. However, sometimes that personality can be a little grumpy. The positive side is your cat’s cranky mood is probably temporary. Here’s a list of things you can do to bring out that charming smile-
1. Provide the appropriate number of litter boxes—one per cat
Cats greatly prefer not to share litter boxes. By providing a litter box for each cat (and cleaning them regularly!), you’ll reduce the chance of litter box mishaps. Cats eliminating inappropriately (read: outside of their litter box) is one of the top reasons cats are surrendered to shelters. Prevent the frustration of bathroom “accidents” by giving your cat his own place to go.
2. Brush your cat every day
This accomplishes several things: bonding, the loosening of hair and thus the prevention of hairballs, and it allows you to check in with your cat and note any changes or sore areas so you can alert your vet, if need be. If, at first, your cat isn’t super keen on brushing, have some treats on hand to sweeten the deal and make sure they associate grooming time with something good. Bonus: brushing will significantly reduce the amount of cat hair adhered to surfaces and blowing around your home! Stop by the Barkery and pick up a brush that both you and your furry friend can enjoy using!
3. Set aside time to play with your cat every day
Spending time actively engaging with your cat every day will cement your bond and keep your cat mentally and physically active. Many people think their cats don’t like to play, but chances are they’re just doing it wrong. Try out different playing styles (both up high and slithering along the floor, as well as an assortment of toys. If you have more than one cat, separate them, then play with them one at a time. Cats sometimes won’t play with another cat present. The good news is, Barkery has plenty of cat toys to choose from that will surely keep you and your cat entertained for hours on end!
4. Clean the litter box daily
Would you want to use a filthy bathroom? ‘nuff said.
Your cat does a lot for you, so make sure you’re giving them the best care you can! The best part is, Brookside Barkery is your one stop shop for everything you’ll need. You’ll find everything from toys, the finest brands of food, and your cat’s favorite treats! Stop by our Lee’s Summit or Brookside location and talk to our staff about getting them exactly what they need!
*Thank you to Moderncat for these tips.