I admit I love cats. I am the proud owner of four happy cats. Cats can be great family members if the humans in the family understand how to keep them happy. So what keeps a cat happy? A cat is happy when it feels safe. A contented cat is also happy. If you practice good cat care habits, keep your cat clean, well fed and safe your cat will be happy.
So what are the basic care methods?
Cats need fresh, clean water. They also need good nutrition. Cats are independent creatures and caring for them means providing the care without coddling them too much. Food, water and a safe shelter are basic care items. So is good veterinary care, a clean litter box and play toys. Love is something a cat thrives on because the time that you spend with your cat gives him/her companionship and a bond is created that can lead to a very rewarding relationship between you and your cat.
What else does a cat need to be happy besides basic care items?
A cat needs to be protected from the environment such as dangerous vehicles, wild animals and people who may intentionally injure them. This is why letting a cat roam free outdoors exposes a cat to dangers that may injure or kill the cat. If you love a cat, protection is one way of showing it.
A cat also needs to be protected from extreme temperature and dangerous weather. An indoor cat is a well-protected cat and a well-protected cat is a happy cat.
Your cat needs protection from other things than just the environment. Your cat needs to be protected from disease and disease causing fleas and ticks. It is important to give your cat good veterinary care and to follow advice from the vet such as how to protect your cat from fleas and ticks. The vet will also give other advice about how to protect your cat from disease. Cat immunizations are one way to protect your cat from disease. Keeping all routine vet appointments is one way to insure that your cat remains happy and well.
To be happy cats need clean litter boxes that have been washed periodically with warm water and dish detergent.
Cats will also be happy when they are properly groomed. You will notice your cat self-grooming but your feline friend also needs you to keep their coat healthy and free of matting hair by combing it. Combing also removes any stray fleas and reduces shedding. When you reduce shedding you decrease the occurrence of hairballs. Grooming is just another way for humans to bond with their cat.
So there you have them, excellent tips on keeping your cat happy.