5+1 tips on keeping your cat happy even indoors
Although lots of cats live in households today, they are fundamentally predators, so there are a few things to look out for if we want to see our beloved cat happy.
1. A tired cat is a happy cat
As we wrote in the introduction, cats are fundamentally predators. Therefore, a lot of their energy goes into moving. If cats spend most of their time in the house or apartment, it is very important to have toys available to help them indulge in their need for motion. Nowadays there are a lot of tools to entertain our pets, but of course the best choice is the type of game in which we also take part in. This allows the relationship to deepen, whether it's complicated gameplay or just chasing a simple laser pointer.
2. Let your cat hunt
Even if it is not always obvious, cats are basically curious animals, so it's relatively easy to give them exciting tasks. If your cat cannot hunt, then you can make up for it in the home with different toys. According to the experts, one of the best options is to hide the cat's favourite foods in different places in the flat, so the cat must look for it. Moreover if it is frozen or put into an easily opened package, the cat will still have more work before it achieves the awaited reward. This technique is also used with tigers, lions and other predators living in captivity.
3. Get catnip
Catnip or catmint (Nepeta cataria) is a member of the mint family which can be found in Mátra and other places growing wild. The special scent of the plant attracts cats extraordinarily and according to some research, it contains the cat's natural pheromone which causes them happiness. Although it affects large cats such as lions, it does not have the same effect on all cats, or even at all on kittens. It is not difficult to buy these and those with green thumbs can even grow it at home.
4. Go for walks
It may sound odd, but there are ways to train a cat to go for walks on a leash just like dogs. Of course it is easier to begin training when they are young, but it is also possible to try later, though there are rules to follow. While we first put the collar on at short intervals, it is also important that we never drag it. As cats get used to it over time, they can then be started with shorter walks, and later we can go on a tour that satisfies our pet’s needs.
5. Get another cat
Not everyone can afford to spend enough time at home with their pet; however, cats are social creatures. One way to handle this is to get another cat who can play all day. It is of course important to consider the nature of your cat, and initial training would not hurt. There are a lot of dear, sweet cats in animal shelters awaiting for adoption, so with this decision you can help not just one, but two cats at the same time.
6. Love your cat
The last tip is the easiest. Cats are not only accustomed to the proximity of people, but they also crave the company of people. Try to play with them every day. If you do not succeed, it's important that our pets have attention and care to ensure their happiness. There are few better things in the world than a happy cat.