September means change – with back to school, different work schedules and family dynamics, it seems to be getting very busy. We must not forget that this is also a lifestyle change for our feline friends. While cats love their alone time, a drastic change in their schedule can put them off.
Since we spend less time together, I’ve come up with a few ways to pamper our four-legged friends to make sure they’re comfortable and cared for during their parents’ transition to work or school.
Instead of offering a bowl of standing water on the floor, I found the Catit PIXI Fountain ($49.99, catit.ca), which creates a fountain-like stream of water at the top of the bowl to encourage curious cats. to get intrigued by the water and drink more.
The PIXI can hold up to 2.5 liters of water and filters out dust and dirt that would normally settle in a traditional water bowl. With additional features such as a silent pump and LED status to alert you when the water is low, your cat can head to the bar any time of the day.
Here’s a tip that comes from experience: Place a watering can on a waterproof carpet the size of a doormat to absorb water from their soaked paws after they play with the water.
When the owners are gone, the kitties play. Cats love and need a place to scratch as a way to claim territory and flex their muscles. The last thing you need to do is come home to find the side of the couch destroyed by the cat.
There are many ways to keep your pet away from your precious furniture, including barriers, sprays and tape. I love the LURVIG scratching mats ($9.99, Ikea), which can be wrapped around a table leg to make a scratching post or attached in areas (like the side of the sofa or on lower floors). walls) to protect furniture and decor.
Do you have a challenging indoor cat? Make sure their claws are trimmed regularly to reduce the amount of damage they can do.
Snooze the day away
You know that your cat sleeps at least 12 to 20 hours a day. No, they don’t ignore you… they sleep so they have energy to play and hunt. Since cats are nocturnal animals, they tend to sleep during the day and want to play at night (have they ever tried to wake you up at 3am?).
They usually choose their favorite place to sleep. It’s smart to train them to sleep on a cat bed so they don’t take over the furniture and keep your cat’s fur to a minimum. Cats like to sleep high – you can often find them on the back of a couch or on a bookshelf – so keep that in mind when setting up their bed.
Do you have more than one cat? Buy a large pet bed (large dog size) and watch them all snuggle and sleep together
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