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10 Ways to Love Your Cat

August the 8th is World Cat Day and Perfect-Pets Books are looking at 10 ways to love your cat. Cats are one of the most popular pets found in homes around the globe. It is believed that there are 600 million cats living with humans. As an owner giving the best care possible should be the top priority and there are many ways to show your love. The Essential Guide to Cat Care offers assistance to cat owners and covers the essentials that need to be considered when owning a cat. Here are 10 ways to love your cat.

1. Provide a Safe Home

Cats are curious animals and they are also predators. The debate between keeping a cat indoors or allowing a cat to be free and explore its environment is a never-ending one. Whether you keep your cat indoors or not providing a safe home for your cat is essential. When they feel safe and loved a cat will want to stay close to their owners. If your cat is an outdoor cat microchipping and spaying (if female) and neutering (if male) is a necessity. If you decide not to spay your female cat, and if she goes outdoors expect a litter of kittens to arrive at your doorstep. It can be nice for a female cat to experience the delights of motherhood, but as pet owners you must make sure that your cat has good pet care and a safe space for the kittens to grow.

2. Give them tasty treats

The way to a cat’s heart is definitely through its taste buds. Finding yummy treats and providing a nutritious diet to help support their cat lifestyle will help keep them happy and healthy for years to come. Treats with tuna, salmon, and even cheese can be a gourmet heaven for your cat. You can experiment with homemade recipes or if you are short on time there are many quick nibble treats available to buy that will make your cat happy.

3. Spend quality time together

We often quickly assume that cats have a solitary nature and are happy being left alone. The truth is they are independent animals, more so than dogs, but they do enjoy bonding with their owners and want your undevoted attention when they so desire. As kittens cats love to be in their owner’s laps. They need to feel you close and will see you as their surrogate parent. As they mature, they will enjoy their alone time, but they will still enjoy lap time and being the centre of your world. So it’s important to make time for your cat. Have conversations and engage regularly and in return they will give you a lifetime of loyalty.

4. Give them a companion

We often forget that cats are great companions for dogs. Now not every cat is going to want to be a roommate to a dog but with the right breed and at the right age a cat and dog can be a perfect companion for one another. Our book Cat Friendly-dogs and Dog Friendly Cats A Guide to the Friendliest Breeds is a great starting point to learn which breeds of cats and dogs can co-exist in harmony.

5. Get them vaccinated

Keeping your cat’s vaccines up to date will help keep them safe from severe infectious diseases. It also prevents them from passing anything nasty on to other animals in the area. Vaccinating your kitten is one of the most important things you should do in your first few weeks as a cat owner. If this wasn’t done in the kitten years, it’s never too late to vaccinate your cat. Vaccination will protect your cat from cat flu and other dangerous diseases.

6. play games

Cats love to play. Their natural instinct to hunt really kicks in when they see something scurrying across the floor. Introduce a variety of toys to your cat to encourage them to express their natural instincts. Playtime is important for keeping your cat stimulated and healthy and when you join in they’ll love playing with you.

7. Go for walks together

Can you take a cat out for a walk? Well, some cat owners will say yes. Cat leads are growing in popularity and many owners are taking their cats out to hike, rock climb and even paddle board. It’s all down to what you feel comfortable with and the personality of your cat. If cat walking is something you want to try, for added safety, many cat adventurers are using a  GPS tracker built specifically for cats.  A GPS tracker will help you locate your cat in case of separation.

8. Create a cat play tower

Play towers and play trees are fantastic for cats. Whether your cat is an outside or indoor cat they will really enjoy exploring and climbing in the comfort of their own home. Many play towers come with scratching pads and hammocks so your cat can safely scratch on a surface without getting into trouble. Many play towers also have a cosy spot such as a hammock to rest which will belong only to your cat.

9. Brush your cat regularly

Brushing your cat regularly will help foster trust and bonding. Cats are great at keeping up their own hygiene but laying in their owner’s lap and being groomed is not something they will run away from. Depending on the type of breed keeping your cat’s fur regularly brushed will really help them.

10. Adopt a cat

There are many cats and kittens waiting to be rehomed so adopting a cat is one of the best things you can do. By giving a home to a cat you are giving it the opportunity to be part of a loving family. There are many adoption centres waiting for new owners to adopt so if you can give a cat a home this is one of the best ways to show your love.

For further information about Perfect-Pets Books visit: www.perfect-pets.org

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