7 Simple Things You Can Do To Guarantee Your Cat A Long And Happy Life

29/6/2016

If like most cats, your feline friend lives in an apartment, you need to takespecial careto make sure he's ahappy cat. Here are7 essential tips formaking sure your kitty is healthy, relaxed and fully satisfied on a daily basis.

1. Give him his own space

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It's a well-known fact that cats are very independent and need their personal space. Ideally, you should reserve a fewareas ofyour apartment just for him, making sure he has somewhere to eat, somewhere to sleep and somewhere to play...The mainthingis to notlimit him to just one room. Your cat should believe that it's his home as much as it is yours (obviously)!

2. Give him some stimulation

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Cats may seem less playful than their canine counterparts, but it's vital that you give them just as much attention. Play, observation and interaction are essential in the life of a cat.Set up a "strategic" observation point for him, such as a pillow by the window for example. And play with him regularly: you could throw balls for him or give him other little toys.

3. Allow him some little "hiding places"

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Cats absolutely love climbing about and sliding around in the unlikeliest of places! Let him climb overyour furniture and hide in the little corners you can't get to.

4. Don't take advantage of his cuddles!

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We know it's hard to believe, but cats are not quite as crazy about physical contact as dogs are. Though of course you should regularly express your affection when you're feeling particularly loving, it's best to let him come to you for cuddles when he wants.

5. Make sure he always has access to food and water

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It seems obvious, but it's important to remember that cats, unlike dogs, don't really eat "meals". In fact, his hunting instincts urge him to eat little and often. It's important to let him eat (and drink) as and when he wants over the course of the day.

6. Buy him some plants

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Cats get used to apartment life, but they are still more at home in the great outdoors. We recommend leaving some plants around thehouse for him toplay with or nibble at.Catnip is the ideal plant, because most cats are crazy about it. Not only does catnip repel insects, but it encouragesyour cat to release sexual pheromones which will leave him in absolute ecstasy!

7. Do not compromise on hygiene 

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Cats are very sensitive to dirt. With this in mind, it's important to clean out their litter-box as often as you can.

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