5 Ways To Create a Haven For Cats
In an urbanised environment like Singapore, cats are increasingly popular pets. Their independent natures and relative ease of maintenance (no walks!) make them the ideal companion for the busy apartment dweller. If you already have, or are contemplating adding a feline friend to your life, here are some tips to turn your home into a kitty wonderland!
1. Upgrade your water supply.
Did you know that cats naturally prefer running water, and avoid stagnant pools of water? Their instincts tell them that running water is fresh, so switch up the water supply from a bowl to a water fountain.
Aside from encouraging them to drink more water, thus promoting kidney and liver health, the sound of running water is relaxing for us cat owners who slog all day for our kitty overlords. Hmm, I wonder if we can use the fountains for feng shui prosperity?
2. Create an urban jungle.
Unbeknownst to many cat owners, cats occasionally like a munch on greenery. The fibre helps them pass on the fur that they swallow when they clean themselves.
To add some green into your life, and help your cat’s digestive system, get a plant or two, such as wheatgrass, spider plants or the ubiquitous bamboo. They’ll even do double duty by purifying your air for you!
Remember to check any house plants before adopting them, as some plants can be highly toxic to cats.
3. Think vertically.
According to cat behavioural expert Jackson Galaxy, cats can either be tree dwellers or bush dwellers. If your cat is constantly on top of bookshelves, cupboards and your fridge, you may have a tree dwelling jungle creature in your home.
Consider getting a cat tree for all of Kitty’s perching needs, and for bonus points, place it near a window for some sunlight and chill. There are also window perches that attach via hooks or suction cup systems.
If you’re handy with a drill and don’t mind the extra work, get your hands on some shelves and plan an obstacle course for your cat.
Ideally, if you have more than one feline diva, there should be multiple entrances and exit points throughout to prevent head-on collisions and flying fur. Also consider pre-existing furniture, such as bookshelves and cupboards, in your planning.
4. Get down low.
If your cat hides under your furniture and ambushes your toes at every chance, they’re almost definitely a bush dweller. In that case, a killer combination of cat tunnels and a teaser toy will have even the laziest couch potato zipping about and burning off the extra flab.
The tubes also provide a sense of security, so don’t be surprised if, after all the exercise, you find kitty snoozing inside.
5. The good old box.
Sometimes our cats don’t know how lucky they are.
After all the drilling, the shelves and the tunnels, you find your cat drawn to only one thing.
That’s right, the box that your expensive cat furniture came in. At that point, the only thing you can do is to cut several holes in the box, and leave them to it.
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