City living on the catside
While humans often boast about how much things have changed and how far we have progressed over the past century or so, we often forget about the pets that have been dragged along with us during this time. When it comes to cats, the changes have been quite significant and it is impressive to see that these lovable animals have mostly coped well. In the wild, females would live in colonies while males would live a solitary existence only interacting with other cats to fight or mate. Nowadays, all of this has changed and the cat has been forced to adapt with our ever-changing world just like we have.
If your cat is finding it hard to cope with the city environment, it may tell you by exhibiting the following symptoms:
- Regular urination: This is a typical response from a cat that wants to have its own particular territory. If your cat feels uncomfortable and wants to assert itself, this is a pretty standard way to do it.
- Frequent fighting: This will occur if your cat feels that it is neglected or stressed. It sees no other options and views other animals and people as a threat to its happiness and well-being.
- Hiding for long periods: Finally, your cat will find its own nook or cranny where it feels safe and out of danger. In this way, it gives up the rest of the home and makes its own territory someplace out of the way.
Fortunately, there is an easy way to make your feline friend relax and have fun. One of the most important things to remember is that your cat instinctively wants to wander around free. At home, it is effectively locked up and it will need to see that you actually care about it. You can do this by promoting regular feeding and play times. Make sure that you give your cat something to eat twice a day at exactly the same time. This should be when you leave to go to work and when you go to bed. In this way, your feline friend will actually look forward to seeing you leave as it knows it will receive a full stomach at that time. This will relieve a lot of the anxiety that may be felt whenever you leave home. You should also schedule two 20 minute playtimes with your cat each day. During this time, you should give your pet your undivided attention so that it feels loved and part of the family again.
By following the above tips, you will provide your pet with the nurturing environment that it needs to cope well with city living. Give your cat a regular timetable and frequent attention and you will be left with one happy kitty.
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