How to Be Absolutely, Paws-itively Sure You Have a Happy Cat

A happy cat with grey and white fur sits on a hardwood floor, looking at the camera.

There’s a lot to consider when it comes to your cat’s health. Of course, you’ll want to be sure they’re eating the right food for their age and lifestyle, exercising every day, and standing up to year round parasites. But to truly address feline wellness, it’s crucial to look at the entire animal. In other words, a happy cat is a healthy cat.

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The Importance of Understanding Destructive Cat Behavior

A grey cat with golden eyes engages in destructive cat behavior by shredding some toilet paper

Cats can be mysterious creatures, but if we’re really paying attention their communications are loud and clear. Take scratching, for example. Instead of trying to get your goat, cats are merely answering to a feline instinct to stretch, mark their territory, and liberate the dried up outer sheaths of their claws. 

Cats aren’t trying to be destructive when they scratch, but they are clearly saying to their owner that they like that couch corner or area rug, and enjoy using it to their benefit. Luckily, it doesn’t take much to curb destructive cat behavior.

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Lights, Camera, Action! How to Entertain Your Indoor Cat

Cats can sometimes come off like they’re a little… unimpressed? Indeed, just try to capture your cat’s attention with a string or piece of yarn, only to be greeted with a ‘meh’.

While your cat may temporarily convince you that your efforts are nothing short of miraculous, they’ll eventually yawn and simply strut away. In this way, it can feel impossible to adequately entertain your indoor cat. However, figuring out what makes them “tick” is a worthwhile endeavor that leads to the peak of feline happiness.

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Understanding Feline Behavior: 4 Things You Do That Your Cat Dislikes 

Whether you’re reflecting on relationships between people or animals, The Beatles may have said it best with their song “All You Need Is Love.” 

It’s true that love plays a gigantic role in cat ownership, but a lasting connection must also include Aretha Franklin’s most famous song: “R-E-S-P-E-C-T”. You might think that you’re covering all the bases when it comes to pleasing your cat, but it’s equally possible that you’re missing the mark a bit.

In other words, to truly understand feline behavior you might want to change or omit a few things.

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Drawing a Line in the Sand: Solving Litter Box Problems

Not all cat owners enjoy scooping out the litter box, but this daily chore sure beats cleaning up messes made outside the box! Beyond the associated frustration, it can be maddening to get to the bottom of litter box problems. Why does this behavior seem to pop up overnight, and what can be done to encourage litter box frequency? 

Patience and diligence are the keys to helping an affected feline turn things around.

Inappropriate, Inconvenient

Some pets take to house training like nobody’s business, others may have challenges and  ultimately reverse course. Getting to the bottom of this mystery can take time, but a wellness visit complete with physical exam and diagnostics can rule out underlying illnesses that often cause spraying or incontinence. If it’s painful to urinate in the box, cats will begin to form negative associations that are hard to break. 

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