17 things your cat actually wants from you
Your unconditional love and devotion is what your cat really wants from you. Easy, right? Maybe not. While we’re sure you adore your kitty, the trick is showing your love in a way that cats want and understand. They’re called finicky felines for a reason, after all. They don’t appreciate or show affection in the same way dogs or humans do, and it can often feel like they’re giving you mixed signals. To help you decode your cat’s behaviour, we asked experts to share the truth about what cats really enjoy – and what they loathe.
A cat cave
Just like Batman needs a hideaway, so does your cat-man (or woman). “Cats are naturally solitary, so they need to have a place of their own where they can be alone,” says animal behaviour expert and trainer, and former zookeeper, Stephanie Mantilla (who has worked with every type of kitty from house cats to cheetahs and lions). Cats can easily become overwhelmed, especially if you have kids or other pets, and having an area of your house only your cat can access will make them feel secure, she explains.
Cats are born climbers, so if you don’t have something designed for them to climb on, they may scale your furniture, curtains or Christmas tree instead. In addition to promoting exercise and mental stimulation, these types of gyms also help your cat feel safe. “Having a cat tree or cat shelving in your home is a way for your cat to get up high and out of reach where they can relax,” Mantilla explains.
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