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Thursday, September 6, 2018

A Side Of Happiness - 5 Ways To Make Your Cat Happy In Your Home

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I recently shared a little glimpse of Henry in last Monday's post, and you all were so excited to see him! I wanted to share a little more about him because he's such a huge part of my life, and I know a lot of you all have kitties of your own! I adopted Henry last June when he was 5 weeks old and now he's SO BIG. Honestly, I think he's a mix of one of the bigger breeds of cats and will end up being 15+ pounds! But he's such a friendly giant, and makes me incredibly happy. I love cuddling up with him in the mornings, watching him play with his little catnip mice, and hearing his little meowing chirps whenever he wants food, haha. In all seriousness though Henry is such a little bundle of light and keeps me entertained and feeling loved all the time. He gives me so much, so I definitely spoil him back to make sure he's living his best life! Here are a few tips that make me a crazy cat lady and Henry the happiest little cat.


Upgrade Their Dining Experience

A healthy meal is super important for cats, but you also want to make sure it's tasty! A good brand of cat food can make all the difference in your cat's health, and for that reason I stick with Purina Fancy Feast®. I've fed it to all of the cats I've had, and I'm sure it's part of the reason why all of them lived so long! (All my cats have lived 19+ years!) Henry loves his regular mealtimes, but sometimes he gets a little hungry in between. He'll meow at me if he wants something a little extra, and I love to treat him with a little something extra. His favorites have been the Fancy Feast® filets and broths.


If you're interested in trying the product above, hover over the image to click through to PetSmart to shop!

I picked these up at my local PetSmart when I was looking for a way to pamper Henry a little more. PetSmart has been my go-to spot for all my pet needs ever since my roommate got her dog. We made weekly trips for her puppy training, and I realized that they had absolutely everything I need to keep him happy. He isn't a fan of traditional treats, but these gourmet cat complements are exactly what he likes. If he starts meowing, I know it's time to break out one of these! The Purina Fancy Feast® Filets Natural Tuna is perfect as a treat by itself, but I've found that Henry likes it best when paired with one of his meals. It's easy to flake apart into bite size pieces, and he gobbles it up so fast! If I want to give him something on the lighter side his favorite is the Purina Fancy Feast® Broths Salmon Vegetable Classic. Adding a little extra treat to his day is just a small way to show your kitty some love!

Give Them Proper Grooming

You wouldn't be so happy if you never took care of your personal hygiene, and neither would your cat! Luckily they do most of the heavy lifting themselves, but that doesn't mean they don't need a help from you at times. Medium-long hair cats should get brushed every few days, or even daily depending on their fur. This keeps them silky smooth and matte free! I started brushing Henry the first week I got him, and now he purrs when I comb out his knots. Another thing you should be doing is trimming their nails. This tip is more for your happiness than your cats, but proper nail trimming means less scratching your furniture and their "love attacks" won't hurt as much, haha! I asked my vet to share with me her best tips for trimming nails, and the main thing she said was never to trim too far. As long as you're cutting off the sharp tip you will be good, any further than that and you could potentially injure your kitty!

Properly Introduce Other Pets

As I said earlier, my roommate has her dog, Khaleesi. Both her and Henry are around the same age, so when Khaleesi was in her puppy class at PetSmart we took Henry in so the trainer could work with both of them. Our trainer was absolutely fantastic, and I am so thankful that PetSmart provided these great training classes and such a knowledgeable trainer! Even though the trainer didn't deal with cats, he went above and beyond and carved out time in his schedule to work on how Henry and Khaleesi  interacted with one another. Although their relationship still isn't 100%, they are WAY friendlier towards each other after our sessions with the trainer. Meeting and interacting with other pets can be a huge source of stress on cats, especially if they've never been with other animals before. Making sure the pets meet correctly and can at least somewhat get along will make your cat's home life a much happier one!



Get A Good Scratching Post

Henry is a BIG scratcher. If I didn't give him a good outlet for it I'm sure half of my furniture would be destroyed! I had cats in the past that were super particular with what posts they liked and which the didn't, which is normal. Sometimes you might have to go through a few posts to find one that your cat will even touch! Luckily PetSmart has a huge variety and Henry has been happy with both posts I got for him there. (Yup, he has two because he's jus that spoiled!). Seriously though, in the first photo you can see how he's lovingly destroyed his smaller one!

Give Them Love!

All cats are a fan of getting pets! You should always make time for a little love session each day, even if it's just 5-10 minutes. Each cat has a different tolerance level for touch, where they like to be touched, and for how long, but making sure they know they're loved is important. Giving your kitty that quality time is important not only for their overall temperament, but how they decide to interact with other people. Know your cats limits and don't over do it with the petting, but make sure to spend some time with them. Petting also doesn't have to be the only way you show love. Lots of cats just like to sit near you or spend their time playing!

And to finish it all off, there's a chance for you guys to save some $$ when next shopping for your cat! Starting 9/5 there's an Ibotta offer where you can earn cash back when you buy any two (2) Purely Fancy Feast® Filets, for a limited time.

Do you have a cat? Tell me about them and your favorite way to make them happy in the comments!

14 comments:

  1. Ah Henry is so cute! My cat HATES scratchers, she will seriously scratch anything that isn't meant to be. Her favorite toy is a hair tie, she steals them off of my mom's dresser and we find them all over the house. Cats are ridiculous.

    Lauren // http://laurensjourney.com

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  2. We don't have a cat, but these are such great tips and can also be applied to dogs.

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  3. I don't have cats, but I can definitely do this with my pups, except for the scratch post! Haha!

    Briana
    https://beyoutifulbrunette.com/

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  4. Ahh Henry sounds so sweet! I love that he and your roommate's dog get along :)

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  5. That's so sweet that you and your roomie bought both pets to training- what a great way to get them to know each other!

    xoxo A
    www.southernbelleintraining.com

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  6. I love that y'all took both of your pets to training- such a great way to help your pets out! I have two dogs and still remember that when we got our second dog, our first one wasn't too thrilled initially haha (but they love each other now!)

    xoxo,
    Katie
    chicincarolina.blogspot.com 

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  7. Henry has such a great life!! I'm passing this onto my brother - I feel like his cat would love this.

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  8. I used to be so terrified of cats and now i think they are the cutest! Great post!

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  9. aww I don't have cats but I'll be sure to pass this along to my friends who do!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

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  10. Your cat is so cute! We are a dog family here, but can totally relate to keeping them busy, giving them attention, and treats they love!

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  11. What an interesting post! I'm not a cat person, but I do have two dogs that live indoors. Cats are fascinating creatures - yours is so cute!!!!

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  12. Such great tips! I don’t have cats, but I have dogs and lots of this applies to them as well. Grooming and properly introducing other pets is so important!

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  13. Thanks for the great tips. I adopted two cats recently. Both have very different temperments but have griwn up together. They play and chase each other. Lol I've been having a hard time trying different foods. Do you mix hard food with soft or just one kind? Thanks

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    1. Congrats on adopting your kitties! They sound like my old two cats, although sometimes they would fight with each other, haha! I feed Henry two wet food cans a day + a small scoop of dry food at night (with treats like above mixed in if I'm feeling generous, lol). He prefers them separated, but I've heard other cats like them together! I've also had cats where they would graze on dry food if I left it out and then fed wet cans at regular meal times (Can't do this with Henry since he gobbles up dry food as fast as possible haha!) Hope that helps!

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