I love my cats to pieces, but I’m not the only one in my human family who adores our three felines. Sure, we do all the regular things loving cat people are supposed to do — we feed them, scoop their poo, play chase with catnip mice, and grab a snuggle when the cats allow it. But we also contribute to their happiness in little ways. You know, the kinds of actions that aren’t really a big deal and don’t take a lot of time, but add to the joy and comfort of our fuzzy floof-butts.
Here are five such heartfelt actions.
1. Creating homemade beds
My son will turn 18 later this month. He’s a tall, handsome young man with a giant heart — especially when it comes to our cat Phoebe. He’s her boy, and he thinks she’s the best thing since Doritos.
When he’s home, she spends a lot of time in his bedroom. I probably don’t have to tell you the condition of a teenage boy’s bedroom is less than tidy. Phoebe couldn’t care less. She lounges on top of his dirty clothes piles and bats the empty candy wrappers across the floor. She loves every second of the ride.
There’s no shortage of official cat beds in our house; however, my son chose to create little homemade beds using things for which Phoebe has shown affection. For example, there’s a broken shoe box that once held a pair of size-13 Converse sneakers. As soon as the shoes were on my son’s feet, Phoebe claimed the box as her own. He saw how much she enjoyed the box and decided to make it more cozy by adding one of his flannel shirts as a “mattress.” It’s comfy and it smells like her human brother. He’s created a couple of these sleep stations around his bedroom. Phoebe is one lucky girl.
2. Providing supervised cabinet exploration
My Cosmo is a freak about open cabinets. I know this is true for many cats, but my other two don’t especially care for the opportunity to explore these spaces. While I’m cleaning the bathroom, I open the cabinet door that houses towels. Of course, Cos immediately wanders into the cozy cave and sits. Really, that’s all he does: sits and smells. Hey, whatever does it for ya, man.
Please note I indicated the exploration time is supervised. Cats can sometimes become trapped in cabinets, and some hold items that are dangerous if digested. Be aware of open cabinets, and let the good times roll under your watchful eye.
3. Pointing out wildlife
We live in an area where there’s lots of free-roaming wildlife. It’s not unusual to see rabbits, deer, foxes, and squirrels hanging out in our backyard. I know my kitties enjoy watching the outdoor action, so if they don’t readily see the animals, I carry them to the window and point out the activity. They don’t tell me so, but I know my cats appreciate my contributions to their entertainment.
4. Opening the heat register
Our home has two stories, and in the winter we sometimes close the upstairs heat registers and allow the downstairs heat to rise and warm the upper level. In the mornings, I open the upstairs bedroom register for Phoebe so she can soak in the warm goodness. She approves.
5. Moving comfy items to the top of the laundry basket
All items in a laundry basket are not created equal. Fleece is a way more comfortable lounging surface than denim. When I see one of my cats eyeing a fresh basket of warm laundry, I move in to shift the comfier articles to the top of the basket. As long as cat hair’s gonna get on my stuff, the kitties should at least fully enjoy the experience.
What small ways do you contribute to your cat’s happiness? Tell us in the comments!
Read more by Angie Bailey:
- “Hello, My Name is Angie, and I’m a Cat-Huffer”
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- The Pros and Cons of My Cats as Health Care Providers
About the Author: Angie Bailey is an eternal optimist with an adoration of all things silly. Loves pre-adolescent boy humor, puns, making up parody songs, thinking about cats doing people things and The Smiths. Writes Catladyland, a cat humor blog, Texts from Mittens (originated right here on Catster) and authored whiskerslist: the kitty classifieds, a silly book about cats wheeling and dealing online. Partner in a production company and writes and acts in comedy web series that features sketches and mockumentaries. Mother to two humans and three cats, all of which want her to make them food.