A Room of Your Cat's Own

Filed Under: Cats, Behavioral & Training

Any cat owner will tell you that the idea that cats are solitary and distant is largely a myth. Cats love attention and affection as much as the most excitable dog. But cats also like to have a space that's entirely theirs, where they can groom or nap or just get away from it all. A cat or kitten in a new house, in particular, will have a much easier time adjusting to home life if he has space to call his own.

Your cat doesn't necessarily require a whole room just for him--an unused closet, the empty corner of the laundry room, or any relatively quiet place that doesn't see much foot traffic will do. Make sure there's room in this area for your cat’s many requirements:

  • A litter box that’s large enough and always clean.
  • Good-sized bowls for food and water (be sure to keep these away from the litter box!)
  • A comfy bed—this could be anything from a commercial pet bed to a cardboard box lined with a small blanket or towels. A cat carrier with a soft lining also makes a great bed, and gets your cat used to being inside the carrier.
  • A sturdy scratching post that’s tall enough for your cat to stretch out—and give those claws a stretch, too.
  • Some toys! Anything from ribbon chasers, toy mice, or wads of paper will get your cat’s attention and keep him active.

Your cat is a member of your family. Give him the space he needs and he’ll reward you with affection and love.

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