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Finding special ways to show your cat you care is just another way that you can bond with them. I love our cats and enjoy just sitting next to them on the couch and petting them. They seem to know when I need a little bit more attention from them and it is almost like they know what I’m thinking. Of course, I can’t really sit down and have a conversation with my cats to bond with them. Well, I can, but it will be really one sided. There are special ways to show your cat you care about them. These are the little extras that work for us.
How to Show Your Cat You Care
There are many ways you can show your cat that you care. These are a few that work for us.
- Cat Toys – Our cats love cat toys and each one seems to have their own favorite toy. Heather loves anything that has feathers on it. This may be because she was an outside cat originally and she equates them to birds. Colors doesn’t play with a lot of toys. This may be because she is older but there is a little stuffed animal toy that we add catnip to that she will carry around and love on. Scouts’ favorites are little mice that rattle and toys that he can try to capture. We have a toy that has a ball on a track he tries to get that he really enjoys. Cat play is fun for cats and for their owners.
- Cat Towers or Trees – Our cats are all indoor cats so they don’t have the opportunity to go outside and climb real trees. While they climb on the back of our couch regularly, we also give them a cat tower or tree to climb on. It has different levels they can jump from and it has a place for them to scratch. This also encourages them to not scratch on my couch.
- Regular Brushing – Regular brushing isn’t something that all of our cats enjoy. Colors will bite you and the brush if you try to brush her but Heather enjoys it. There are different types of cat brushes and combs so experiment until you find one that your cat enjoys. This is a great way to keep their coat clean and healthy.
- Give Them Your Time – Nothing says I love you than a few minutes of petting and back scratching. Not only is it good for your cat, it’s good for you too. Studies have shown that owning a pet can help with depression, stress and anxiety. It definitely makes for happy cats.
- Dress Them Up – Again, not all pets tolerate this. We don’t dress our pets up regularly but we occasionally do on Halloween. Scout is not even remotely happy about this but Colors will tolerate it. Plus, they look adorable which makes me smile.
- Cat Treats – If your pet is not overweight, an occasional little cat treat is just fine for them. Treats can also help reinforce good behavior.
- Cat Collar – All of our cats have collars. Their tags are on their collars in case they ever get outside. Collars are also a fun way pamper your pet with a snazzy accessory.
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What little extras do you do to make your pet know you care?
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