We think that everyone knows that cats are amazing. Unlike dogs, they are pretty self-sufficient and they don’t create that big of a mess, but still, if you want to preserve your home as it is, you will need to make a couple of adjustments. We are all aware that cats destroy furniture, curtains and other objects around the house, so if you want to avoid such scenarios, stick with us and by the end, you will have all the necessary information on how to create a cat-friendly household.
Cats are predators in their nature. And even though your cat might be completely domesticated, they still have that instinct to climb onto high places and observe their surroundings. Also, when in danger, cats like to climb on high spots in the house and stay there until the danger is gone. The ideal solution is to have staircases, but not everyone has the luxury of living in a two-story house, so the next best things are cupboards, shelves, and cat climbers.
When it comes to cupboards, they provide a large surface for a cat to rest on, but the biggest problem is making them reachable. Cats can jump pretty high, but even for them, kitchen cupboards are out of reach. The solution is to give them a halfway platform in the form of a chair, sofa, etc. Shelves, on the other hand, can be designed specifically for cats. This includes making them non-slippery and most importantly, not keeping fragile items on them. Lastly, cat climbers are probably the most convenient solution. They come with perfectly spaced platforms that cats can easily climb onto.
Also, keep in mind that it is always easier for a cat to climb on than to climb down. So, make sure all their high spots have an easy way down. Otherwise, they can injure or even break their limbs.
A lot of indoor cats have access to the outside. Even though the merits and dangers of giving them access to the outside can be debated, if you have such a cat, you should install a cat flap. There are times when you are not at home or you are busy with other things and your cat wishes to go for a stroll. If you don’t have a flap, your cat will start scratching the door to draw your attention and needless to say this will cause some damage. To avoid such scenarios, simply install a cat flap and your cat can go in and out as she wishes.
Lastly, you should create a corner or area for all your cat’s stuff. Often people don’t determine where this place is going to be and they spread cat items all around the house. This is not only aesthetically unpleasing, but also makes your cat the boss of the whole household. We know that cats are not as obedient as dogs, but you still need to mark their territory.
The easiest way to do this is to dedicate a corner or even a room, if you have that much space, to your cat. Put away all scratchers, climbers, food dispensers, and other cat accessories and you will have some peace and quiet in the rest of your home.
With that, our guide ends. We hope that you found some useful things that will help you with cat-proofing your home. There is no way to avoid all the damage, but with our suggestions, it will be kept to a minimum.