We love our cats, don’t we? Well, those of us who like cats, anyway. Some folks don’t and that’s okay! We’ll just judge you quietly from a distance, just like a cat would. Just kidding! But it’s true, cats are the world to many people, and those people couldn’t imagine a life without them.
But cat ownership isn’t a walk in the park. While cats are definitely more independent than dogs, they are still pets and they are still highly evolved to rely on humans for companionship and much more. This is especially true of “indoor cats,” who, lacking the stimulation and exercise “outdoor cats” receive just by being outside, need a bit more attention to keep them entertained, healthy and mentally sharp. Many cat toys and games are geared toward cats’ natural instincts for hunting and stalking, they need to express those instincts to really be all the cat they can be.
But keeping your cats active isn’t the only challenge for cat owners. There’s also … keeping the house clean. Many of us live in fear of the moment that a guest arrives, takes one look around and says, “oh, you have a cat?” Meanwhile the cat is nowhere to be found and all the toys have been stashed. But you can always just tell. Hair on the couch, a certain scent in the air, maybe a shredded chair leg, it all just screams “I’ve got a cat and he’s a dirty monster!” Some people just embrace it. Others desperately struggle to prevent those moments. But every cat owner at least wants the house to be clean enough for themselves.
These five easy, inexpensive tips and tricks from Cole and Marmalade will help you keep your cats active and your homes clean, making them absolutely vital to any cat owner.