Pets can add joy to our life, but if you live with too many cats, then you could find yourself in cat hell! People who live with cats must know them and also know how to maintain a harmonious home for them. There are millions of Americans who are recognized with rewards for having many cats. These people provide companionship, stimulation, and enrich cat’s life. But cats require special care, and here are some tips to make their life sweeter with their own cat house.
Introduction of New Pets
When you bring new cats to your home, give them separate room, water, food, litter box, and toys. This will help them feel more comfortable, and then they’ll start interacting with other members too. You have to get a certification from veterinarian that the pet is healthy so that you will have no problems in future.
You should continue to introduce the new pets to the old ones. This can be done by exchanging the beds, rubbing a cloth of one cat’s mouth, and leaving the cloth in the other’s place. When they start developing curiosity about each other, they become friendly.
Free Space and Height
Cats always need lot of space to be on their own, and get along with each other. Cats have dominance rituals and their height would play a big role in those rituals. If you do not have a high cat tree, even top of a book shelf or top of a refrigerator will do the job. You should ensure that the cats are safe, and there are no breakable things in their vicinity.
Different pets show different behavior; there are some cats, which occupy different areas of house, and then there are cats, which stay in the bedrooms all the time and some others live in the living room. Some cats love to climb furniture and curtains all day and if your have a climber in house it is better to provide her with a cat tree or cat tower. But there are cats that want to be alone and do not want to share their space with any one. In this cat you should consider a cat house where your pet will feel comfortable, such as the one pictured below.
It is recommended to have at least as many litter boxes as the number of cats in the house, or preferably one more than that. You have to pay attention to your cats and understand what they love. There are cats, which do not mind sharing, while there are a few those are quite reserved.
In this case, you can keep one litter box upstairs and one more down so that they can share and play. There are some cats that do not like sharing. You have to watch and decide based on their behaviour. When you are purchasing a new litter box it is advisable to retain the old ones, since some cats may not like to go inside the new litter box right away.
Give Attention to Your Cats Every Day
It is very easy to feed the cats, clean the litter boxes, and forget them… But, this is not enough when you really care for the life of cats. All living beings need attention and care; including cats, so it’s important meet the needs of the cats, and devote some time to them.
There are some cats that will stretch on your lap when you are watching TV, and you’ll often come across few cats that live mostly in the bedroom. Ensure you spend some time with them at least before going to bed, and switching off the lights. Some cats would like to curl up in your arms at night. The most important thing is to know each and every cat as an individual and meet their needs.
Author Bio: Petar Petrov has dedicated most of his life to cats. He has written several articles on cat house issues, and often shares his pet-raising experiences with the other pet owners. Images by: Goodfon, Petfinder and Umberto Salvagnin,