You love your cat, of course! Today is Respect Your Cat Day, a time to show your feline companion you not only love him, but respect him too.
How do you respect your cat, you may be wondering? I already give him everything! Here are some suggestions:
- Keep his litterbox clean. We don’t like using dirty bathrooms, and our cats don’t either. I read an article not too long ago that brought up a good point: Not scooping your cat’s litter box for many days is comparable to not flushing a toilet for the same amount of time. Think about it, pretty gross, huh?
- Give him a quiet place. Often our feline companions need a place for some down time. Give your cat a safe, quiet place in the house he can go to escape the hustle and bustle of a sometimes busy home.
- Don’t make him the object of ridicule. If your cat despises wearing clothes of any kind, don’t subject him to the embarrassment of being dressed. It may be funny, but have you seen many pictures of cats where they looked happy? We don’t like being laughed at, our cats really don’t either.
- If he doesn’t like being picked up, respect his boundaries. Many cats don’t like being picked up and/or held. If this is your cat, don’t randomly pick him up; he’ll wriggle to get free and you may end up with some ugly scratches in the process. Think about it, would you like someone you live with to pick you up with no warning and hold you as long as they wanted, even though you indicated you didn’t want them to hold you? Annoying, yes!
- Watch your tone of voice. Cats often respond to our tone of voice. For me, if I raise my voice at all, even if it’s directed at him, he will run away or hide. Be aware of the tone of voice you’re using when talking to your cat, try a little tenderness. We don’t like being yelled at, neither does your cat.
Cats make great friends, so be a good friend in return today and every day. Respect your cat and his needs and he’ll reward you with years of love and respect in return.