How to make your cat happy

Daisy on Cat Happiness Month

September is one of my favorite months of the year: it’s Happy Cat Month! Since I do enjoy being happy, today let’s talk about ways you can make your favorite feline friend purr with happiness.  

Daisy loves time and attention

First and most importantly is your time and attention. Cats might seem aloof, but we do enjoy companionship whether it be receiving a gentle chin scratch, sitting in your lap, or simply being near you. Find out which types of interaction your cat most enjoys, and then try spending a few extra minutes each day interacting with your cat. I personally enjoy all kinds of gentle petting, especially around my chin, nose and ears. Usually I will close my eyes, purr really loudly and sometimes I get so relaxed and happy that I start drooling.

Treats can make a cat happy
A close second on my list of Things That Make Me Happy would be treats. I am extra-lucky because I get paid in treats for modeling! Since I am trying to watch my girlish figure, sometimes I eat these Lean Treats. Even though they’re low-fat, they still taste delicious.

Daisy enjoys a good catnip toy
Another thing that makes me happy is toys. I especially enjoy catnip-filled toys, and one of my favorites is this catnip bananna.

Toys make Harley a happy cat
Harley enjoys toys even more than I do! Some of Harley’s favorites include wand toys, small mouse toys, and potent catnip toys. He especially likes this Pollock Fish Catnip Toy because it is very colorful. Find out which toys your cat prefers, and rotate them often so they never get boring.

Here is a list of some other things you can provide to make sure your cat is healthy as well as happy:

  • Regular veterinary checkups. I will admit that going to the see the vet does NOT make me happy. But boy am I happy when I get back home!
  • Tooth-brushing. This is another one that I don’t exactly enjoy, but dirty teeth and bad breath are even worse.
  • A clean litter box. No cat’s got time for a stinky litter box, and if you don’t keep it clean we may just decide to “go” elsewhere and then no one will be happy.
  • A sturdy scratching post. Scratching just feels good, and I’m happy that I have a large sturdy post so I can really dig in.
  • Consider a feline friend. Okay, most of the time Harley does not make me a happy cat. But  many cats do enjoy the companionship of another cat. Plus I can guarantee that if you adopt a cat from a shelter, the cat you adopt will for sure be a happy cat!

What ideas do you have to make Happy Cat Month even better for your cat?

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18 Comments

  1. We have discovered that Emily loves, loves, loves the Kragonfly, Neko Flies toy. Of course, Sammy and I love scritches and I especially love being on Meowms lap.

    Hope you have a happy day!

    Orion

  2. OH! Harley love(d) the Neko Fly toy, too! But he broke it.

  3. Oreo, Presley & JoeySeptember 21, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    We all LOVE our Neko Fly Toy. Joey’s favorite toy this week is a ball of aluminum foil. LOL We all get really excited if a real bug ever gets inside!

  4. U are right!! 🙂

    Luv, Angel Keisha and Murphy the Poodle

  5. Real, live bugs are the GREATEST! Sometimes they get broken, too.

  6. I’m a naturally happy kitty! But it’s always good when my human does things to make me EXTRA happy!

  7. da tabbies o trout towneSeptember 21, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    ~~~~waves two ewe D & H…hope all iz well, we think we wood like two add perches two this list; ore cat treez
    …sew we can look out de windowz & spy on de nayborz !! ♥♥♥

  8. The happier, the betterer!

  9. Great idea, perches are awesome! Plus, a neighborhood watch is a benefit to the community.

  10. Cats have many ways of telling us that they are happy. A happy cat shows interest in his environment.The right diet is extremely important for the well being of your cat.

  11. Thanks Sarah! You are so right. I am lucky because I get delicious grain-free healthy canned food.

  12. Deiter, Penny, Isabel and ReggieSeptember 22, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    Our Mommy and Daddy are retired so they have lots of time to spend with us. Sometimes it’s just nice to lay near them so we can talk to each other. Other times we like them to play active games with us.
    And they aren’t stingy with the treats! Even though we would always like more.
    Knowing that we have people to love us makes us really happy.

  13. It sounds like you have a very extra-wonderful home. That makes me happy! 🙂

  14. I just wanted to tell you that I love these blogs. Your kitty talk under pictures is adorable.

  15. Gee thanks! Teri, you made my day 🙂

  16. I have two healthy, 16 year old cats who are not allowed outside but who LOVE their window time! All windows in my home accommodate kitty lounging and daily fresh air time. The sights and scents are better than IMax for humans. They nuzzle each other and hang out for hours. I did have to add a catbox near one window due to an outside cat that passed by, but they hardly use it now.

  17. Sounds like your kitties have a great setup! A sunny windowsill is like heaven for cats 🙂

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