Show your cat some love with these tips on making your apartment more cat friendly and enjoyable. Cat friendly living is all about finding a balance between your own needs and style and the way your unique feline feels about those things…We all know cats can be a little picky so you might have to try a few things until you discover the things your cat loves!
How to Make your Apartment Cat Friendly
Cat Ledges | Climbing Towers
One of the best tips for cat friendly living especially in an apartment is to give them some height! Cats have a natural instinct for being high above their surroundings. It’s both for safety and for survival in the wild. Even though they’re no longer in the wild those instincts will remain. They want to be able to survey their kingdom! Cat towers and climbing ledges are a great way to give cats a safe space to climb. You can also use shelves. Add some carpet or a gripping surface and you can design a wall or space specifically for your cat.
Designer Window Sills
You don’t have to spend a fortune or completely redesign your apartment in order to make it perfect for your cat! Cat friendly living tips are all about finding a happy middle ground so that you and your feline friends can be happy and healthy. Cats love window sills because they can watch life outside AND they can sunbathe. Add a hanging cat perch like this one or you can make your own window sills appealing for you cat by adding something comfy for them to snuggle!
Cats love to hide and paw at and even chew on vegetation. You can check out this list of cat safe plants from the ASPCA. In order to set up a cat friendly living environment make sure that plants are securely planted in heavy bottom pots (add a brick or two) so that they can’t be knocked over easily when your cat gets excited!
Toys | Hiding Spots
Make sure that your cat has some toys and plenty of hiding spaces. You can accomplish both of these by selecting baskets or bins that your cat can hide in and scratch at while also using them to store their favorite toys. Some feather toys, balls and bells, as well as treats can keep your cat happy and entertained. Just like dogs and children they need to be stimulated or they’ll get restless. To keep your apartment up to the best cat friendly living standards make sure there is plenty of stimuli for your cat, especially if you have to leave for longer periods of time.
Having plenty of places to scratch will not only keep your cat happy and healthy it will also help protect your home. Cat friendly living is easier when you have a space for cats to scratch in each room. It’s a way that they mark their territory so if they have a special place in each room where they can do this, they’ll be less likely to destroy your stuff or your home. Baskets, scratching towers, and things like this are a great and inexpensive option.
Make sure you give your cat plenty of personal space. They may like to snuggle and be with you but they will also very likely need time to themselves. An enclosed cat pod or cosy and enclosed cat bed can make them feel safe and secure when you are not home and it can also give them some privacy when they need to get away from people or other pets. This one is great and inexpensive or you can build a DIY one if you are a crafty!!