A cat sitting by the pool in a chair

The cats we share our lives with have it made, right? They sleep as much as they want. They never have to look for food (although sometimes they feel the need to beg for it). And they are diligently protected from various potential calamities. 

Despite parasites, contagious diseases, vehicular accidents, and  fights with predators, today’s pet cats are living longer than ever before. While it seems like cats have everything they want or need, the truth is that there are lots of things we can do to make them feel safe and loved. Look no further than our suggestions on how to pamper your cat.

Ideas to Pamper Your Cat

  1. New, Shiny, and Mine?

Cats may be creatures of habit but that doesn’t mean they won’t benefit from some new stuff. Of course, because of their attachments they may not take to any new gear immediately. Take time to introduce them to new bedding, cat tree, window perch, collar, water fountain, food bowls, and more. Employ your home’s vertical space and set up cool bridges, perches, and platforms they can jump off of, and hang out on.

Once they appear to accept new items, you can rotate the old things out. 

  1. If Looks Could Meow

Don’t you feel great after a trip to the salon or barber? Of course you do! Cats may not need grooming as much as dogs do, but the benefits to their coat, paws, eyes, ears, and teeth are immeasurable. 

Spend time every week brush out their coat. Take a look at the claws and if they need a little trim, go for it. The more you do this the easier it will get. Sure, your cat would rather be doing anything else than having their teeth brushed but it really is for their own good. If you cannot pamper your cat by yourself, book a grooming appointment or a dental exam

  1. New Skills

Another excellent way to pamper your cat is to simply spend time with them. Teach them new skills, like crate training or walking on a leash (yes, it’s possible!). Set up an agility course and work with them on performing certain tricks. The opportunities are truly endless. The best part is that your time and efforts to develop their skills and confidence go a long way toward strengthening the bond between you. 

Don’t forget that hanging around with your cat is a worthwhile endeavor, too. Simply meeting them where they’re at shows that you love them.

  1. It’s Catio Season

It is well known that indoor-only cats live longer, healthier lives than those allowed outside. Equally notable is the perception that house cats can become a bit bored without access to the great wide world. The solution for your indoor cat could be a catio!

A catio, or cat patio, is a fully enclosed outdoor area designed and intended just for your cat. You can install various shelves, ramps, perches, and lounges. Set up a litter box, food/water station, dangling feather toys, and more. 

Despite being protected from predators, contagious disease, and accidental injuries, your cat should still be fully vaccinated and protected from parasites

  1. Play With Me!

Cats are so fun to play with but it can take some to figure out exactly what toys and games inspire them to launch themselves with abandon. Whether it’s dangling feather fishing poles, or laser pointers, catnip mice or crinkle balls, once you have it dialed in, pamper your cat with at least 30 minutes of play time every day. We can assure you that this is a rewarding effort, and will help your cat live a long, happy life.

Cats Rule!

Please contact us with any questions or concerns regarding your cat’s behavior, health or safety. The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital are always here for you.