How do you know your cat loves you? Cats have special ways of demonstrating their love: waiting for you patiently (or impatiently) at the door, following you from room to room, “helping” with work or reading, or bringing you gifts. But how do you show your cat how much you love her? Here are 5 ways to not only express your love, but to make your cat love you even more.
#5 Cat & Mouse Games
Those claws aren’t there to only wreak havoc on upholstery. A cat is a highly skilled hunter; they have innate sense for combat with prey. And being a feline, your cat loves to hone those skills, especially with you as a training partner. Luckily, this is easy to do. Toy mice, laser lights, string -- there are tons of cute, fun, and inexpensive toys available for kitties (that should be played with under your supervision, as strings can easily be ingested and cause medical emergencies). Not only do they keep your cat fit and healthy, but they provide you both with quality “together time” that will make your cat love spending time with you.
#4 Being So Fresh, So Clean
Cats are fastidious creatures. They are constantly grooming themselves and washing their fur (notice how cats always smell good?). In fact, they like everything to be clean. But an indoor cat relies on you to help keep household items clean and smelling sweet. Their most important area of cleanliness, however, is the toilet. Luckily for you, this is easy: either invest in a self-cleaning litter box, or scoop up it and clean the box daily. A clean, odor-free litter box means everything to a cat, and she’ll love you for it.
#3 Purr-fect Snacks
Let’s face it, we all love to snack. But your cat depends on you to make the right choice when it comes to her snack time, so be responsible. Your human snack food is not good for cats. Head down to the local pet store (maybe try holistic) and buy responsibly. Keep the dry pellet snacks to a minimum and give your pet some lean protein instead. She’ll go crazy for those freeze-dried pieces of chicken or lamb, and she’ll reward you by living a longer, healthier life full of love for you. You'll also want to take into account the calories of the treats, and balance it out with a smaller portioned meal. Putting on weight is a lot easier than taking it off, and obesity causes a lot of medical problems.
#2 Snuggle Time
Cats love to snuggle. Whether it’s in your lap or next to you, they love to curl up and purr. So when your cat is in “snuggle mode,” try and find the time to snuggle back -- maybe a soft scratch behind the ears or a long petting session. Not only will you be rewarded by kitty love, but you’ll find yourself relaxing, which is always a good thing.
#1 Show Her the L-O-V-E
It’s not hard to earn a cat’s love. But to truly deserve it, you need to do a few things. Luckily, they’re very easy to do. A safe, warm, comfy place to sleep inside is a must. A box, cat bed, or a comfy cushion is all a cat really needs (although it may depend on the breed of cat). A high quality diet, devoid of by-products, regular vet visits, and someone who is always kind and loving are the only things a cat needs to know they are truly loved. And the payoff? Why, it’s having a kitty who thinks you are the center of her universe!
What are you waiting for? Go show your cat how much you care and bask in the love you get in return.