What Makes A Happy Cat?

Owning a cat is obviously a big responsibility, and you want to do everything that you can to make your feline happy and content. Getting to know your cat is something that requires some time and patience, but to give you a helping hand, we are going to be discussing just a few things that you can do to make your cat happier.

Get Feeding Right

You should have separate food and water bowls with a fresh supply of H2O at least once every day. Dry food should be provided for nibbles, though if you need to restrict your cat’s food intake, frequent smaller meals tend to be better than two or three large ones during the day. Wet food should be provided for main meals as this is where cats get a lot of their water. If you are looking to provide extra nutrients, check out things like Aniforte’s salmon oil for cats. Pay attention to your cat’s individual preferences to make them even happier.

 

Play with Them Regularly

Young cats tend to have bags of energy, and they tend to be at their most active during the night and around dawn or dusk. You should be looking to play with your cat on a regular basis with a variety of toys. If you don’t, they are more likely to keep you up at night meowing or attack your ankles. So, play sessions are definitely valuable for both you and your cat!

 

Allow Them to Scratch

she’s a completely different cat now!

Cats need to be able to scratch, and they often do this when they are feeling comfortable and happy. To stop your cat destroying your furniture, you should invest in a good-quality scratching post. They tend to prefer textured surfaces, and you also should ensure that the post is sturdy enough so it doesn’t tip over every time they use it. If your cat doesn’t automatically start using it, make sure to draw their attention to it by placing it in the middle of the room and placing treats on top.

Give Them a Sense of Routine

Though it may seem like cats like to come and go as they please, they also enjoy consistency and stability. For example, they like to know where their food will be served and what time it will be served at. Of course, all cats are different, so you will find that some like this sense of order more than others. The important thing is to get to know what your cat prefers and adjust the routine accordingly.

Allow Them a Mix of Independence and Close Contact

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Unlike dogs who tend to prefer a lot of contact with humans, cats are often more independent creatures. However, most of them still enjoy being cuddled from time to time as well. So, allow your cat to sit alone when they want to – they will often let you know when they are prepared to be more social.

 

 

Meet Brian The African Land Snail

Many of you may know that we have a lot of pets. 1 dog, 3 cats, 1 budgie, 10 chickens and 4 fish.

This morning we added another member to our tribe! ‘His’ name is Brian and ‘he’ is a Giant African Land Snail! GAL snails make super easy pets, great for those who don’t want to commit to a pet that requires lots of attention, or cash!

Ivy bringing Brian home.

Giant Africa Land Snail facts

  • GAL snails have a life expectancy of 5-10 years!
  • They can grow up to 30cm in length!
  • These awesome snails are herbivores and love salads and fruits!
  • Maturity is reached at 6 months, but they never stop growing!
  • GAL snails are hermaphrodites. They have both male and female sexual organs, but still require another snail to mate. But there has been rare reported cases of self fertilisation!
  • Snails can lay up to 200 eggs per reproductive cycle!
  • They like to bury themselves in soil during the day!

I used to keep Giant African Land Snails as a teenager, and it was only last night that I decided to buy one for my girls to enjoy. My husband also kept these snails when he was a young boy. It seems that keeping these pets is a right of passage for all kids.

Would you like to keep Giant African Land Snails? Let me know in the comments below.