How To Keep Your Cat Happy

Cats

Cats have a reputation for being aloof and independent and compared to a dog for example, that's true. But cats are a lot more social than some people realize. And keeping an indoor cat happy can be sometimes a little bit of a challenge. But I can tell you right now that the last thing that you want is a bored pet. Because just like a bored child, a bored pet will always find some kind of trouble to get into. So if you follow my simple and easy to do guide you will find yourself with a happier kitty in no time at all.

Samantha

Samantha
Samantha

Silly Sam

Some things that you will need.

*Brown paper bag: There is nothing your kitty loves more than the sound a paper bag makes when she crashes into it.

*Catnip: Most cats love catnip, they love to sniff it, eat it, and roll around in it.

*Cat condo: My cat loves her cat condo, she sharpens her claws on it and plays on and in it all day long.

*Small box: Cats love to hide and sleep in small places. If you cut a small hole in the back of the box she will even play peek-a-bo with you.

*Window perch: Window perches are great places to sit and watch the birds.

*Balls & various other toys: There are a lot of different cat toys on the market but in most cases simpler the better. My cat loves nothing better than to play with the kid's toys. They don't always love it though!

*Another pet: If you're away from home a lot it might be helpful to get another pet so that your cat will have a friend. Samantha didn't like her new friend Lucy, at first but over time they have grown to like each other.

*Time: When it comes down to it time is the most valuable thing that you can give to your pet. Not only will it make the difference between having a fat lazy pet or healthy active one. But you will also reap the rewards, people who own pets are generally happier and healthier.

Lucy

A little about our cats.

Both of our cats were abandoned kittens that we rescued. We never planned on having a pet especially since my oldest child is allergic to cats. But it just so happened one morning a couple of years ago, that I opened the door to see the cutest little Siamese kitten sitting on the sidewalk. So after a flea bath and a quick trip to the vet Samantha has been our pampered pet ever since. Luckily for her we discovered that if she has a weekly bath our son can tolerate having her around, in fact just having a pet seems to have improved his allergies.

And then earlier this year I found little Lucy in the bushes outside of our home. She looked to only about 5 weeks ago and there was no mother cat around so what could I do but adopt her also. As most everyone knows stray cats are pretty easy to come by so the minute you feed one it becomes yours. Now Lucy isn't as cuddly as Samantha, in fact she can be pretty fierce at times. But she's also very intelligent and looks absolutely adorable. And that is how we ended up with two very spoiled and sassy cats.

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Bonnie Ramsey 8 years ago from United States

Great hub and excellent tips! My daughter's cat used to love to play in an old army duffle bag that my husband had lol! They are pretty easy to occupy if you put things like this out for them to play in.

Bonnie


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crazybeanrider 8 years ago from Washington MI

I enjoyed your hub. I am a huge cat lover. Reading your hub brought back memories of my 12 year old cat SullyBug I had to put to sleep last April 2007. I have her 2 brothers. Your hub explains a true cats life. Oh by the way your kitty's are adorable.


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moonlake 8 years ago from America

Love your cats. I have missed my Siamese. I had planned on getting another Siamese but ended up with 4 cats I hadn't planned on. So no room for a new one.

Another way to keep a cat happy let them catch a live mouse. It makes their day. Ours did that last night I saw the mouse and was going to try and get him outside but there was no way the cats would let me. By morning we found the dead mouse. Not eaten just dead.


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Just_Rodney 8 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

Great Hub, have two of mu own, who have an entire studio to themselves.


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Karen N 8 years ago from United States Author

Thanks for all the comments.Only another pet owner can understand just have attatched we can get to our pets :)


dafla 8 years ago

I've had many cats over the years, and the ones I have now don't seem to be very much interested in playing. They just love to sleep and eat, and occasionally go out into the yard with me.


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compu-smart 8 years ago from London UK

Aww, Your cats look soo adorable i just want to sqeeezee! n give {{big hugs too!}}

I find a really fun way to play with kitty and keep them busy is with a lazor light torch! which is really good fun! Its also good for elderly or disabled people who cannot move around too much to play with them!

Or

Also when i go out, i turn all the furniture upside down and move things around and this always keeps the kity occupied, and like you mentioned with the paper bag, except i will cover the whole floor with them and other times, newspapers, or bin bags which can be soo much fun!:)


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Karen N 8 years ago from United States Author

It sounds like your cats are even more spoiled than mine.


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solarshingles 8 years ago from london

Truly beautiful and real hub about your lovely cats! You haven't planned to have them, yet life turned to surprise your family with two new very creative and amusing family members... There is a also a very positive fact how did your son get more tolerant to allergies.


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Karen N 8 years ago from United States Author

Thanks solarshingles, for all of your kind comments:)


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akeejaho 8 years ago from Some where in this beautiful world!

Great Hub!  Love cats!  (Though looking at me you wouldn't think I would.)  As a matter of fact, let me tell you something no one else knows on Hub Pages. (So keep this under your hat. I don't want everyone to think I am a big softy or anything!)

On one of my Hubs, there is a picture of a wooden box with four kittens in it. (I won't say which one so have fun looking for it! Hee Hee)  About a week later, the barn they were in, along with the garage and part of the house attached to both were destroyed in a fire.

After the firecrew left, and we were all trying to console the owner, (My significant other's Step father)  Out in the dark, we heard a mewing.  The kittens mother had survived and we had found her earlier while the fire crew was still fighting the blaze, and she was not dealing with everything well because she knew her kittens were missing.  The mewing turned out to be a rather crispy kitten we adopted and named Smokey for obvious reasons.  (I lost the vote with the suggestion of Sparky or cinder)

This poor little four week old kitten had alot of her fur missing,no whiskers what-so-ever, two burned to a crisp ears and four little feet with blisters all over them so bad that she could hardly walk.  Other than her mother, she was the only survivor.  I know this for a fact, because with the help of another resident from the house, (The pet Yorkie who thought he was all the kitten's father.) I unfortunately found the bodies of her two sisters and her brother.  Very sad.

However, Smokey is recovering from her burns, and has a bit of scarring and a permanent scar on her tail that looked like a burned match when we found her, but she is happy, well fed and a typical kitten in her "teens' now.  You know, runs around, jumping and pouncing on everything, including ankles.  Her favorite game is hiding under the bed and attacking our 80lb "Hairy son" whose picture appears in my profile.

we have been blessed with her antics ever since she got well enough to walk again.  Just thought I would share.

Isn't it amazing how strong the will to live can be in a living creature, and the bonds you can have with an animal you have rescued?


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Karen N 8 years ago from United States Author

What a wonderful story! We do tend to get very attatched to our animal babies:)


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Magick Stories 7 years ago

I agree with a pawsatively happy purr to know there are some people that are really cat lovers. What my two legged people does is leave boxes all over the farm with toys in it for us to find and hide it.

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