Scientists estimate that humans and cats have been living together for over 12,000 years, but do we truly know our feline friends? When it comes to house pets, there is none quite as aloof as the cat. They are mostly content doing their own thing, whether it be sleeping, eating, clawing, purring or sleeping again. Sometimes, it feels like they don’t care about us at all.
However, nothing could be further from the truth. Cats do care about their human owners, they just have some funny ways of showing it. If you are eager to bond with your cat, check out these 25 hacks that every owner should know. Soon, you and your cat will be communicating on a whole new level.
1. Pay attention to body language.
Your cat isn’t just rubbing against your leg to be annoying – it’s trying to mark his territory. Watching your cat for clues as to what they are thinking and feeling can save you both a lot of stress.
2. Make eye contact.
Cats don’t like to make eye contact with strangers. When they lock you in their gaze, it’s their way of showing affection.
3. Enjoy the healing power of cat purrs.
Purring is known to lower stress, reduce risk of heart attacks and even increase bone strength in humans.
4. Let them drink out of the faucet.
Cats love to drink running water, as well as water that is not located next to their food dish.
5. Stop giving them milk!
Most cats are lactose intolerant, and although your intentions are good, they’ll end up with a belly ache.
6. Build a “catio.”
“Catios,” or cat patios, are a great way for our indoor friends to safely enjoy the outdoors.
7. Invest in sticky tape.
Double-sided tape will detract cats from climbing on counters or other undesirable surfaces.
8. Keep your litter box away from small children.
Accidentally consuming cat feces could mean the ingestion of a deadly parasite that can permanently alter brain function.
9. Hang a rug on the wall.
It looks a little weird, but your cats will love the challenge of climbing up and down.
10. Make your own, all-natural flea repellent.
Simply simmer 2 cups of water, 2 tablespoons alcohol free witch hazel, 1 large lemon (sliced) and a handful of fresh or dried lavender for 20-30 minutes. Let cool, pour into a spray bottle and say goodbye to fleas!
11. Repurpose an old bookshelf.
Cutting square holes in an old bookshelf will provide your cat with hours of fun and exercise.
12. Plant some cat nip.
They love the stuff, so why not have your own supply on hand?
13. Give them a manicure.
Okay, not really, but they do make nail clips for those cats who just won’t stop scratching.
14. Butter their paws.
When moving your cat to a new residence, butter their paws before letting them inside. The instant snack will provide a welcome distraction as they get used to their new surroundings.
15. Green tea isn’t just for drinking.
Add some dry green tea leaves to their litter to keep odors at bay.
16. Make your own scratching posts.
Simply wind some jute around the leg of a table or chair. When it gets frayed, remove and replace.
17. Provide unexpected napping spots.
Seriously, what’s better than a cat in a hammock?
18. Or, if you’re feeling really confident, build a window perch.
It takes some skill, but your cat will thank you. More information here.
19. Let your cat scratch itself.
Simply attach a few (clean) toilet bowl brushes to an old piece of rug to create this self-petting station.
20. If you work from home, give your cat its own special space.
Boxes are like magnets for cats.
21. Need a pooper scooper? Make your own!
All you need are scissors and an old milk jug.
22. Keep them out of plants.
Sticking a few pine cones in your plant works wonders.
23. Don’t freak out if they find a high spot.
Coax them down gently. Cats can survive a fall of up to 32 stories onto concrete – while we wouldn’t want that to happen, they are less breakable than we think.
24. That uncovered poop? He meant for you to see it.
It’s a sign that they aren’t afraid of you, so just take it as a compliment and move on.
25. Listen to their meows.
Cats don’t meow at other cats, only humans, which explains why their hungry noise sounds so much like a baby crying for food.