What is a suitable environment for domestic cats?
Creating an inviting environment for your house cat will keep them happy and healthy in the home...
Cats are very intelligent animals and so will really enjoy cat toys, their own cat beds and private spaces. Home cats will want access to a litter tray or the outside, and are best kept in safe, hazard-free environments (cats really are curious!)
Our top tips to give a cat a good home:
- Cats can become ill living in cold or wet places. Provide a comfortable, dry, draught-free, clean and quiet place for your feline friend to rest.
- Cats need to visit the toilet easily. Give regular access to a suitable toilet place, outside or a litter tray, kept separate to their eating and sleeping areas.
- Noises and objects often scare cats. They need to have somewhere to hide away from perceived danger. To prevent your cat suffering, always provide access to safe hiding places to allow him/her to escape feeling afraid.
- Multiple cats need enough toys, cat beds and hiding places to allow them to get away from one another when they feel the need to be alone. Check out our online shop with some great ideas for your cats.
- Cats are very intelligent - a bored cat is an unhappy cat. Make sure there are plenty of things to do with enough space to exercise, climb and play. Indoor cats need more to keep them entertained. For more advice see: keeping cats indoors.
- Cats are active, needing opportunities to run, jump and climb. They often feel safest when high so provide a suitable high place to climb and rest, e.g. shelves.
- Make sure the size and temperature of anywhere they are left (including vehicles) is appropriate.
- Cats are inquisitive so hazards at home and outside could injure them. Care for your cat by making sure your cat is in a safe, secure and hazard-free environment at all times.
- Cats are territorial so become very attached to their home and environment, If you are going away, try to find someone to care for your cat at home. If boarding, ease the move by taking familiar items along, e.g. your cat’s bed/toys.
- Make sure cat carriers feel secure in transport, and introductions to new surroundings are gradual. Putting familiar smelling items in carriers and new environments can help them feel more comfortable.
See: Introducing your cat to a carrier (PDF 247 KB)
- Cats need time to adjust and settle if you move house. They could get into serious danger trying to return to their previous home. To prevent this, keep cats indoors for at least two weeks after moving. Ensure your cat’s behaviour has settled before letting them outside.