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Five Ways to Make Your Cat Smile


Bond with your pets by enjoying the same activity together are as often as you can. Make sure you set apart special time each day specifically for them — this will only strengthen your relationship and improve both of your health.


1. Cat Nap

Choose a cozy spot on the floor, couch or bed and curl up with a comfy blanket and pillow — cats enjoy snuggling at all hours of the day and a little sleep doesn’t hurt either! Keep a little nook near your body for him/her to lay in and bond with you.

2. Catnip Playtime

It’s always fun to grow a little fresh catnip in your balcony garden if your cat happens to enjoy the bitter scent. Although I’ve heard that some cats actually aren’t affected by it, I’ve never seen one!

If yours is fresh, dry it, if not it’s likely dried and crumbled. Bring out a cozy rug and sprinkle catnip all over it.. let kitty smell this! Grab some pompoms, little rattle balls, mice and string. Sprinkle them around the rug if catnip. Chill out with kitty and toss him/her pompoms and ribbons to delight her cat-nipped senses!

3. On the Hunt for Cookies

Give your cat something fun to do and eat at the same time. Purchase some healthy cat treats that are great for teeth (Hobbes loves Greenies!) and hide them around the room — one on a chair, one behind the table, etc. Let your cat explore the room for his favorite snack while at the same time encouraging his hunting instinct.

4. Cat Massage

Most cats appreciate attention from those they love, let alone a great massage session. Make sure you always make time each day to scratch behind his ears, scratch his back and of course cause the beloved elevator butt!

5. Smell-a-thon

Ha! So cats love to smell, if you can it’s great to take yours outside (on a harness) to sniff the plants and flowers around the home. My cat *loves* to do this.

Make sure when you come home from anywhere you let your cat smell your hand — it’s like shaking hands for them and they get all kinds of information about where you were.

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  • Reply Frida 05/16/2010 at 6:54 pm

    Aw. I don’t have a cat, but if i ever get one I will do everything to make it happy. šŸ™‚

  • Reply HellinKiller 05/22/2010 at 1:17 am

    When my Bean Sidhe was little (she’s over a year old now, and still the size of a 6 month old kitten), she had a problem with pooping and peeing outside her box. She was box trained with much success and no accidents a few months before and there seemed to be no reason for her to start doing this. I started doing #3 for her, because I thought maybe she was mad at me for being gone all day and got bored. It worked! Since then, I still hide treats around for her and her sister Sidney, but much less often, and now she rarely has any issues. They love it! šŸ˜€

  • Reply kimi 11/08/2010 at 4:30 pm

    BEST ARTICLE EVER :mrgreen:

  • Reply xoxo_;) 01/03/2012 at 2:07 pm

    i wanna do anything to see a cat smile šŸ™‚

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