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How to boost your cat's wellbeing

All of us that have or have had cats, know what a wonderful company they can be. Science actually shows that cat owners are more harmonious and less stressed than people without pets. But how do you know that your cat is as happy as you? And what can you do to give your cat the stimulus and challenges it needs?

ROUTINES ARE KEY

For us, it may seem a bit monotonous, but most cats appreciate when the same routines are available day after day. And it’s actually quite logical. The cat searches her territory several times a day – no matter if it’s an indoor or outdoor cat, and any changes may create stress and concern. This applies to everything from the placement of food and water bowls, to cat box and furniture in the home. If there are constant changes within the cat's territory, it can affect the cat's mental wellbeing. This, in turn, can lead to behavioral disorders that we easily interpret as "protests", such as excessive licking or scratching. This type of behavior should always be taken seriously.

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6 WAYS TO ACTIVATE YOUR CAT

In addition to routines, it's also important that your cat gets both mental and physical stimulation. A cat that gets left alone at home too often, can develop both inactivity and mental illness. Here are some things you can think of and try out in order to keep your cat activated and happy.

1. Attention. Show your cat that you are there for it and that you care. Also try to be consistent in your behavior and clear with rules.

2. Portion the food. Feel free to put some of the dry food in different places, such as the window sill. In addition to activating your cat, it’s also a good way to prevent it from eating all of its daily dose at once. Activation balls are also a good and playful way to make the meals a joyful hunt.

3. Training and learning. Beginning with early-age training will greatly affect your cat's wellbeing and continue to be a positive force throughout all life stages. Why not build a simple agility path and train your cat to jump, crawl or do slalom walk?

4. Fresh air. If your cat enjoys it, go outside with your indoor cat using a leash for cats. It may take a while for the cat to get used to it, and some cats are not fit for this kind of activity, but pretty soon you might have a faithful walking companion that enjoys some time outside. Make sure to always wear a harness suitable for cats and not a regular necklace.

5. Make a playground. A cardboard box with a hole or paper bags with cut handles can be an exciting play cave.

6. Play with toys. There are lots of toys available to activate your cat in play and hunting. Not just kittens and young cats enjoy to play – older cats will happily join as well.

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