Most cat owners believe that their cats love the same things they do – fresh food, a comfortable spot to take a long nap at, and a lot of fun activities. If you are a newbie when it comes to owning a cat, you may be wondering what things it would like to do aside not showing you enough gratitude. Contrary to what most people think, cats are not only very smart, but they are also endowed with feelings. The list of things cats like can be as tall as the list of things they dislike. However, as a cat grows older, the things they like may change; just like humans. A cat may love its favorite softball toy today, and may not even want to look at it the next day. Thus, as a cat owner, one of the important things you can do to keep your cat happy is to recognize when it fed with a particular activity. Knowing what your cat likes helps you to keep it happy. So, what do cats like? In this blog article, we will discuss eight things your cat likes to do.
Cats Like To Nap
This should come as no surprise to you. In fact, most people think that napping is at the top of the list of things cats love. According to experts, the average cat can sleep for twelve to sixteen hours a day. Bear in mind that this statistic is only for adult cats. Kittens and old cats are likely to sleep for longer hours. That is astonishing, and yet, not surprising. Because cats are naturally more active from dusk to dawn, they tend to spend most of their days sleeping to the envy of most observers. However, if you observe that your cat may be sleeping more than usual, it is best to consult your veterinarian to be sure.
Cats Love Their Owners
Well, that depends on whether you are treating your cat right or not. But contrary to popular opinion, cats are capable of liking their humans. This may not be on the list of obvious things cats love, but that does not make it any less true. Most pet owners love dogs because dogs are more generous with how they show affection towards their owners. Cats are more solitary creatures. However, they demonstrate their love for their owners in a different way from dogs. For example, a cat will crave the attention and companionship of its favorite human. It will indicate that by putting its head on you, purring, meowing at you, licking, or sleeping near you. It is a cat’s nature to be gentle. Thus, you will not come home to find your cat jumping for joy like a dog will. But that does not mean your cat likes you less.
Cats Love To Groom
We now know that an adult cat can spend up to sixteen hours sleeping in a day. Now, check this out. During half of the hours that cats spend awake, they prefer to groom. Grooming is one of the things cats like the most. Cats like to groom for various reasons. Aside from the fact that it helps to clean their fur, it makes them feel relaxed. Good grooming is equal to good cat-massage. Grooming also removes smells that preys might detect from them. Cats also groom to cool off. When a cat is feeling too hot, it licks itself to help it cool off. Cats groom each other as a sign of affection. Have you ever spotted two cats licking each other? Aside from the fact that it helps them to reach difficult areas on their bodies, it also helps to strengthen their bond. Don’t be surprised to find your cat licking you; that is another sign that it likes you.
Cats Love To Watch Birds
If you own a cat, you may have realized that one of its favorite places to perch is right in front of an open window. This is because that is the ideal spot to watch birds. Bird watching is one of the things cats do. And cats can sit for hours doing nothing but watching the movement of the feathered guys. Despite the fact that most people believe that cats only like to watch birds because birds are their prey, that does not take away the fact that a cat does not mind watching for as long as the bird is in sight. However, when you realize that your cat loves to perch in front of the window for hours to watch birds, always make sure it is protected from the harsh sun rays. When the sun is most active, you can limit the number of hours your cat spends in front of the mirror by drawing the curtains.
Cats Love Fresh Food
Cats are picky eaters. Serve your cat a meal it does not consider fresh, and it will ignore it. Dogs can eat basically anything. But cats, on the other hand, cannot and will not. Just as you will not want to eat stale food, your cat will not want to either. Plus, stale food will put your cat’s health at serious risk. This is because stale food is the ideal breeding place for different types of bacteria like staphylococcus and salmonella. These will pose dangerous risks to the health of your cat. Always make sure you serve your cat fresh meal. Be sure to check the expiry date on canned cat food before you purchase it. Always make sure your cat’s meal is safe.
Cats Love To Play
For cats, playtime is a big deal. It so important for cats to get enough playtime as the lack of it can lead them to depression. A cat may get bored with many things as it ages, but it will always love its playtime. And what do cats like to play with? It does not take a lot to make a toy for your cat. A cat can play with anything from a simple softball to a piece of string. Playtime for cats is not only about entertainment; it keeps them healthy also. Puzzle-solving games can help stimulate the cat’s mind and keep it healthy and alert. Aside from the hundreds of cat toys you can purchase from the market; there are several things you can use at home as toys. Aside from that, you can engage your cat in games like fetch and hide and seek. Cats also like to play with other house cats they’re comfortable with.
Cats Like Running Water
If this is news to you, you may be wondering how and why cats like running water; especially when most cats loathe water. But the truth is, cats love running water. And fortunately, you do not have to travel miles to a natural source of running water to find that out. There are dozens of cheap drinking fountains available in pet stores. These artificial fountains are designed specifically for cats. Treat your cat to a constant supply of running water and watch it spend most of its time licking at the fresh water. If you notice that aside from licking the water, your cat likes to splash its paws in it, you may have a cat that likes water. You can purchase a kiddies pool and fill it with only a few inches of water. You can also use your bathtub. Once you have filled it water, sit back, and watch your cat have a good time splashing. This can also be a good exercise for your cat.
Cats Like Clawing And Scratching
This comes instinctively. Cats occasionally claw at surfaces or scratch at several things in an attempt to sharpen their claws. Again, this comes naturally, so do not be alarmed when it happens. Aside from the fact that they do it instinctively, cats enjoy it too. It offers them a natural way of relaxing and rejuvenating. Humans yawn and stretch; cats claw and scratch. If you have ever noticed a cat try to be alert, you will realize that one thing it will do is to scratch and claw at a surface. This helps to keep it awake and focused as well as sharpen their claws. To provide an ideal surface for your cat to claw at, you cat purchase a cat tree from a pet store. You can also create your own cat tree at home.
So, these are eight things cats like to do. Always remember that, depending on a cat’s breed, there may be other things it might like. The most important thing is to observe your cat and notice what it like the most. Make sure those things are constantly available to your cat. If you notice that your cat’s mood has changed towards its favorite toy, or it isn’t sleeping enough or eating well, always consult your vet. You can try to introduce new toys to your cat if it loses interest in the old ones. As a cat grows old, its desire for some toys may diminish. So, do not be worried when that happens. Always remember to keep your cat happy!