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Admit it: your cat has an awesome life. And now that you’ve added food puzzles and the perfect scratching post, your cat’s life is darn near perfect.

But is it possible to improve upon perfection? Your cat says, “Yes!”

Here are 4 more ways you can improve your cat’s life today:

  1. Multiple litterboxes. This is especially important when living with several cats or other pets in the house. Cats often won’t cross a “barrier” created by another cat or pet blocking the litterbox. Having extra litterboxes in different areas of the house (including on each floor of a multi-level home) gives your cats choices and helps prevent accidents.
  2. A safe space. Cats like to hide out and nap in private spots, without worry of being harassed by pets or people. Popular hiding spots include an empty box, dark closet, beneath furniture, and high up on cabinets. If your cat doesn’t have a hiding spot, try to provide one, such as a covered cat bed.
  3. Play time. Cats are natural hunters, so look for toys they can “chase.” Pick up some cat-safe toys that require your involvement, and get silly with your cat.  Bonus: Play time helps your cat bond with you and burn calories.
  4. Calming pheromones. Cats can feel more relaxed and less territorial when they are exposed to pheromones (chemical signals) just like the ones they secrete from glands in their face (which they love to rub on you and everything in their environment.) Try Feliway plug-ins to send a chemical message to your cat that says, “Relax.”

It’s your cat’s home — you’re just living in it!

Tips for this blog post are based on advice by feline care expert Dr. Ilona Rodan, via dvm360 Magazine.

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Your cat has a good life — no doubt about it! Here are two things you can do today to make your cat’s life even better:

Find the perfect scratching post. Cats are naturally wired to scratch objects in their environment — even declawed cats exhibit this behavior.

Scratching serves several purposes, according to feline practitioner Dr. Elizabeth Colleran: “visual signaling [to other cats], conditioning of claws, scent signaling with sebaceous glands of the feet, and stretching.” In short: cats scratch objects because it is good for them. But it’s not so good for your furniture, so finding the right scratching post will help keep the peace.

Look for a scratching post that is taller than your cat when she is stretched to full height, for vertical scratching and stretching; also look for a post that has “scratchable” material as the base, since some cats scratch horizontally. Be sure to either secure the post or look for one that your cat can’t pull over. Place the post (or multiple posts) in your cat’s favorite areas of the house. Reward your cat for using the scratching post (or lure him to it) with treats. [Hint: some cats respond very well to catnip.]

Make feeding time a challenge. Cats are predators that benefit from the mental and physical stimulation of hunting and catching their prey (i.e., food.) Placing a bowl of food in front of a cat short-circuits the hunting instinct, which can lead to boredom. A bored cat can become overweight or exhibit behavior problems.

Food puzzles (also known as foraging toys) can satisfy your cat’s need to “work” for its meal. You can find more information about food puzzles for cats here, and be sure to check out their How To Guide which explains how to successfully introduce food puzzles.

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