Cat Heaven – How to Make Your Home More Feline Friendly

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If you love sharing your home with a cat then you will want to make it as good a place for him to live as possible.

Thanks to some simple tips you can turn your house into cat heaven and treat your little buddy to a fantastic place to live. Wouldn’t that be great news for both of you?

Keep Him Safe

The very first point to consider is around how you can keep your cat safe at home. There are some common hazards in houses that you should be aware of.

These include dangerous cleaning liquids, open washing machines and any small spaces he could crawl into and get trapped in. You should also be careful if you have any plants that could potentially cause him harm if chews on them.

Of course, younger felines are more inquisitive and will want to explore everywhere that they can. As your cat gets older he should start to stay out of trouble more easily.

However, it is still necessary to give them the safest possible environment to live in. If you live in a tall building then don’t forget that cats can fall and seriously injure themselves, despite their fantastic reflexes.

Give Him Freedom

No matter where you live, your cat will want to get outside and explore. Ideally, you will live in an area which is safe for him to explore after dark.
However, even if it isn’t the most feline-friendly area, he will still want to be able to get out and about. It is especially important to consider this point if you are out all day and he is left home alone.

The first step towards giving him the freedom he craves is to add a cat flap to your home. This is an easy modification to make to your home and will allow him to enjoy an outdoors lifestyle.

Cats that get outside regularly to hunt and to play tend to be healthier and happier than ones that stay in home all day. Of course, if you are at home and can let him stay out all day long then that is even better.

Provide a Safe Resting Place

It is no secret that cats occasionally like to find somewhere comfortable to lie down and rest. Providing him with a place where he feels safe will allow him to relax and enjoy your home.

To do this you need to find a spot in the house where he feels comfortable and not under threat. For instance, he might not be able to relax if he is near a door that opens a lot or his cat flap.

You might need to try a few different spots before finding one he is happy in. Cats will generally be happier in high places where they can look out and view their territory with ease.

Give Him His Own Space

Finally, it is important to give your cat his own space, which is somewhere that he can always go back to whenever he wants to. If you are buying a new home then you can look for a spot for him before you even move in.

Careful planning may be needed here, as it is should be a spot that you don’t need to disturbed even when visitors come over. If he has a place with his bed, his water dish and his toys in it then he will feel truly at home.

Making your cat feel at home by adapting the house to his needs is easier than you might think.

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31 thoughts on “Cat Heaven – How to Make Your Home More Feline Friendly

    1. Definitely Frank. We have one indoor, one outdoor/indoor cat, mainly because our indoor cat is declawed and he should be indoors. But I think cats with a sense of freedom are happier.

  1. I don’t have cats, but my mother in law has a couple of them. She definitley needs to give them more space!

    1. I find when it comes to keeping pets. Cats are as low key as they come. I prefer cats over dogs, mainly because as long as you have food and water out and you clean their little boxes, they are happy campers. Dogs get separation anxiety and tear up furniture and leave messes in your yard, but they are great protection and loyal to their human families if treated right. I tend to be a cat person, but one day owning a dog might be down the road.

  2. Yes, I totally agree with allowing a cat to come and go as they please. Cats are outdoor animals and they need to have the chance to hunt. In a neighbourhood like mine, that’s not always possible. But I think owners should give their cats the opportunity at least occasionally.

    1. Yeah, it can be controversial, but they really are creatures that like to explore. My indoor cat sneaks out, but we have one outdoor indoor cat and she comes back everyday….she knows this is her home.

  3. We live 3 miles from town and over the years we’ve had several stray cats adopt us. As my vet said, “Once you feed it, it’s yours.” I have to say that they were all the best cats and lived a long life. And I cried when they passed on. We only have a dog now, but I’ll never forget our cats. These are all great tips.

  4. A few years ago I got my first kitty and I was in for a shock! I was a dog person and it was pretty easy to make my house safe for them. My cat though is like some sort of ninja getting into places even I didn’t know were there!
    I have to say she taught me a thing or two!

  5. I really like this. Our cat pretty much rules the house and she goes wherever she wants. Haha, She even rules the dog! She’s the queen of this house but she does have her own space in each room. Haha. She’s claimed her spots! Thank you for sharing! =D

  6. These are really good suggestions, especially as now most people don’t allow their cats outside, even more important to ensure a good environnment!

  7. We have two cats, their personalities clash at times, but overall they are very good, it’s awesome that they are family, to us that’s what they are and not pets. We do give our cats plenty of space, lots of love and attention as it should be. We do make sure that our home is a safe place for them and they can feel safe and guarded.

  8. I found myself smiling at these tips, particularly the last one about ‘own space’. I think it’s about time the cats in this household learnt to give us humans OUR own space!

  9. I love all your tips and ideas , I think I pretty much covered all these for my cats, I believe in getting on the floor just as I would to a child and proof my home..

  10. I love your ideas, but I grew up with cats, so I’m pretty much an old pro at taking care of them. I’ll be the crazy cat lady when I’m older.

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