Making A Good Environment For Cats

Cats are really sensitive animals. Cats can get sick from stress due to small changes in environment such as furniture placement, strange noise, moving, and so on. Cats are animals so sensitive to changes in the environment that there is a joke saying that ‘cats are animals that can tolerate the change of the owner but not the change of the house’.

Environment loving cats! What kind of environment is good for these little creatures? I’ll take a look at how to make a good environment for a cat.

Like The High Place

Cats really like high places. I cannot stop the cats which want to get up to dangerously high places. It is therefore advisable to make a space for the cat to climb high.

Because we usually move in two dimension, we can know if a house is small or big depending on the area. However, cats like to move vertically, so they think a house is small or big depending on whether there is a place to go up or down regardless of the house area. In a word, the house can be small but if you install something that cats can climb like a cat tower, the house will be felt big for them!

What if I bought a cat tower but my cat doesn’t use it? Please make sure that the location is correct. If the cat tower is in a corner or in cat’s non-active space, move it to a place which is cat’s active living space or cat can see outside through a window.

Need A Place To Hide

Do you know cats like boxes? One of the reasons is to avoid stress factors. If a person is stressed or is in a bad mood, is there a psychology that wants to be in the room alone? The same goes for cats. When they are stressed or sensitive, cats go to a place to hide. It is therefore needed to provide proper space for the cat to hide.

Give Me Space To Sleep Well

Do you know that cats spend most of their lives sleeping? A cat needs a safe and comfortable resting space. The resting area can be a warm sunny place, or it can also be around your living space if a cat loves to be with you.

Like A Quiet And Clean Bathroom

Cats are sensitive animals and often have problem of defecation dysuria. So to a cat, a toilet is one of the most important things. The location of the bathroom should be quiet and comfortable. That’s why it’s not a good place with a lot of human traffic.

Also, clean cats may hold bowel movements if the sand in the litter is dirty or smells a lot. You should check your cat’s litter every day and remove the feces, and, you should change the whole sand at least every other week.

Do Not Leave Me Alone

There are a lot of people who think that a cat is alright if it is alone. But when a cat is spending a lot of time alone, it is not only lethargic but also can feel lonely and even get depressed. If possible, do not leave the cat alone for a long time. It is not a direct abuse but can be a ‘quiet abuse’ for a cat.

If you decide to live with a cat, try to provide a good environment for cats. It does not mean to decorate a house for cats. Make a cozy place so that you and the cat can comfortably coexist together.

Cats Love The Box

Cats love mouse toys, cuddly tasty snacks, and your touch but there is a thing cats really like more than any of them. It is a box!  If you are not living with cats, you may not understand cats love a box. If you are, however, you would have personally watched how much cats love a box.

When you take out your items out of the online delivery box, cats do not hesitate to jump into it! So we always have some boxes just in case. Some say they are purposely picking up boxes from Wal-Mart or grocery stores. So why do cats like this box? Let’s dig deeper into cats’ love of box!

Wild Instinct

In the wild, cats have been living in a narrow space like a box to avoid predators. Also, after hunting for food, they brought it to the sanctuary and had a delicious meal! If you throw a toy at a cat, it will hunt hard and get into the box with it. All these behaviors are instinctive.

It is strange that a lion or a tiger, a well-known predators, also enjoyed being in the box like a cat when it is offered. The box seems to be loved by all cat animals.

Comforter?

When you wrap with a comforter in winter and fits comfortably in the bed, you feel like your body is melting in the bed. Likewise, cats feel the same as being inside the box. The favorite temperature for cats is 86-96 F. At this temperature range, the cat feels comfortable, which is the same temperature when a cat crouches in a box! In short, a box for a cat is like a comforter on your bed.

Stress Avoidance

Veterinarians at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands investigated stress levels for new cats entering the shelter. In this experiment, the cats are divided into two groups, one was provided with a box to hide their body and the other was not, and the stress levels were examined.

As a result, the difference in the stress levels between the cats was significantly different. The group of cats that got the box quickly adapted to the new surroundings, was much less stressed early on, and showed more interest in communicating with people!

Based on these experiments, Veterinarians explain that “cats hiding their bodies is a behavioral strategy to cope with environmental change and factors of stress.” Many also say it is more accurate to say that a cat needs a box rather than likes a box.

Amusement Park

For cats who really love the box, it is not enough just to fit your body into the box. They scratch in the box and also bite the box to make it tattered. The box for a cat is not only a hunting game place but also an amusement park where you can play and bite. The box is a really good space and toys for cats. However, the after-mess is your job! Still, it’s so lovely to watch they go inside the box and play with it, so everything seems to be forgiven!

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