The Little Things That Bring Your Cat Joy

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Today we have a guest post from Cathy Habas for you!

The Little Things That Bring Your Cat Joy

Some cats are quite expressive, making it easy to know when they are ecstatic or grumpy or anywhere in between. Other cats have completely mastered the art of the poker face.

But even if you have one of those stoic, I’ll-never-let-on-that-I’m-happy cats, there are a few things that are sure to brighten his or her day. It may not involve cuddling and affection, but if you want to know the fast-track to a happy cat, just follow these tips!

Basking in the Sunshine

Cats are known for napping, and 9 times out of 10 they’ll choose a very warm and cozy place to get their beauty sleep. And if it’s in a patch of sun, all the better! The sun not only feels heavenly on their fur, but also helps them maintain their body temperature without using up too much energy to do so. Unlike people, cats can get all the vitamin D they need from their diets, so sitting in the sunshine isn’t a strict health necessity; it just feels good!


Critter Watching

Cats love to stalk their prey, and for an indoor cat, this can be a little tricky. Try to set up cat-friendly perches, chairs or shelves in front of as many windows as possible to help your cat get a good look outside at the squirrels, chipmunks and birds that frolic outside. If your cat makes a chattering noise with her teeth, you’ll know she’s really getting into it! Try playing with her with a feather toy to help her expend some of that pent up energy.

My cats actually love watching for the skinks that sunbathe on the brick windowsills. These small lizards will also crawl on the window screens, making perfect targets for pouncing. If you don’t have a lot of wildlife where you live, try setting out a bird feeder. You’ll be surprised to see all the critters that come out of hiding when there’s free food! Your cat will love the show.

Having Some Companionship

Cats have a reputation for being loners, but that doesn’t mean they like being isolated. They enjoy companionship just as much as we do; otherwise, they’d make distinctly lousy pets!

You don’t necessarily have to have a second cat in your home, although it’s not a bad idea to try. Dogs and cats can get along well in the right circumstances too. Even your own presence is better than nothing, so try to make each room as inviting as possible with beds, perches and food dishes.

It’s tempting for some cat owners to set up automatic feeders and waterers, plus a couple extra litter boxes, and to leave their cats home alone while they go on a short vacation. But to keep your cat’s health and happiness in mind, find a personal pet minder before you make your vacation plans. That way, your cat will always have the luxury of companionship and will be less prone to anxiety from being left alone or boarded in a cattery.

Getting a Bird’s-eye View

Cats are incredibly observant, and they like to have a safe place from which to watch the world. Give your cat the opportunity to have a bird’s-eye view of your home by setting up tall cat trees, installing shelves in a step-wise pattern on the wall, or clearing away space on top of your kitchen cabinets or fridge.

Your cat will appreciate the ability choose new vantage points to explore and to nap in. Being up high also lends a feeling of security, since your cat’s instincts tell him it’s more difficult to be ambushed from up high. (But it’s also easier for your cat to do the ambushing from up above, so don’t be too surprised if you suddenly get pounced on by a playful kitty!)


Feeling the Breeze

With warmer weather comes the desire to throw open the windows and freshen the house with a soft breeze. Many cats will come running at the sound of a window being opened; it offers them an entirely new way to observe the outside world through their sense of smell.

Take safety precautions when you open a window for your cat to get better acquainted with the outdoors, however. If the screen is not securely attached, your cat could push it out and fall out of the window. Even if the fall is not very high, cats can become disoriented and lost. Although cats like to be up high, they don’t have a fantastic perception of height and its dangers, which means that letting your cat out onto a balcony, for example, may not be very wise. Your cat could try to leap to the ground from too great of a height and get hurt.

Nevertheless, connecting with the outdoors is important for the health and happiness of an indoor cat, so be sure to give your cat plenty of safe opportunities to feel the breeze when the weather gets nice.


What are some of life’s simple pleasures that bring your cat joy? Let us know in the comments below!



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40 thoughts on “The Little Things That Bring Your Cat Joy

  1. greg-in-washington says:

    Little things to us are big things to them! I had a cat some years back who knocked the screen out of a second floor window to get to a squirrel in a tree outside the window. He fell to the ground but was quickly retrieved unharmed. He was just standing where he fell looking around like, “What happened?”

  2. teshawna says:

    We have a big window with a wide ledge that our indoor cats love to perch on to watch the birds and squirrels. We also have our exercise bike positioned just right for them to leap to the top of the bookcase where they can observe the comings and goings of the family. And of course they love their cat tree where they often go to take long naps 🙂

  3. clairedickson8 says:

    i had 3 cats so far, Patches, Rosie and Sterling. It is quite fun watching watching their quirks and there different personalities shine through. I hope you get a chance to read my new entries to my blog and i would love some advice on how to gain more viewers!

  4. Laura says:

    Mandy loves boxes, laundry baskets and tubs, she hops in and out of them and will play around them throughout the day, she also loves feathers on a string. I put throws over chairs that are soft so she can cuddle in them, I also leave high furniture uncluttered so she can jump on top to be in a high spot whenever she wants. Living in a small space gives you the opportunity to be thoughtful and consider possible places to give kitties what they need to be comfortable.

  5. Angela Ferraris says:

    I practice reading the picture books to my cats that I will share with my students. They do not know that I’m not exactly talking to them and sometimes will comment throughout the book or put a paw on a page.

  6. Shawn Flynn, Author of "The Kitty: Who Rescued Me After I Rescued Him" says:

    My cats love sitting on the window sill during the warm months when the windows are open.

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  8. heretherebespiders says:

    Going to sound really strange – but a fresh glass of water! We keep one under the table in the living room (also a bit strange) and every time we fill it up the cats are thrilled. Now one is a Bengal so that makes sense. But the other? A notoriously water-phobic Siamese!

  9. sledpress says:

    I made sure when renting and later buying that anyplace I intended to live had a screened porch for cats to enjoy. They swarm to it every morning and evening to see the critters on the ground below or in the nearby trees.

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