6 Simple Ways to Make Your Cat Happier – Infographic

Looking to make your cat happier in 2017? Here are 6 ways to naturally improve your cat’s life.

Start with diet.

Diet lies at the foundation of the Wildernesscat lifestyle. Cats are obligate carnivores and tend to be at their best – and happiest – when eating a meat diet. We recommend trying out a biologically correct raw diet. Cats who go raw tend to have healthier teeth, fur, skin, and it’s great for weight control.

Go Outside

Cats love being outside in the fresh air, sharpening their claws on bark, running through the grass, and chasing butterflies. If that sounds idyllic – that’s because it is. Letting your cat enjoy the outdoors doesn’t have to be scary. Invest in a harness and leash and go for an adventure alongside your cat.

Try Natural Care

If your cat is afflicted with minor issues like fleas, ticks, and internal parasites, opt out of using harsh chemical treatments. These treatments are associated with serious side effects. Instead, diatomaceous earth is a 100% natural alternative that is highly effective. There are tons of other gentle, safe home remedies out there for other everyday afflictions.

Don’t Forget to Brush

Your cat’s fur! While your cat likely brushes themselves a lot with their own tongue, that means that they’re ingesting fur. This can lead to hairballs and consequent discomfort. For a bonding moment that will make your cat happy, brush your cat’s fur.

And teeth, too!

Brush your cat’s teeth with a natural toothpaste for your cat. Periodontal disease is a huge issue for cats because their hygiene is so often neglected. Regular brushing can keep your cat’s mouth healthy and fresh. Also, raw meat and bones can help keep your cat’s teeth clean. A healthy mouth will go a long way to make your cat happier – especially in the long-term.

Spend Time Together

You’ve probably already got this one down, but it’s a big one. Spend time with your cat! Notice how they’re feeling and pay attention to their needs. A snuggle and a scratch make your cat happier. It will make your life better, too.

4 thoughts on “6 Simple Ways to Make Your Cat Happier – Infographic

  • Raw diet: unless you have the means of checking the quality of the raw ingredients, this an excellent way to give your cat a parasite or two.

    Taking your cat outside on a leash:
    Cats are extremely territorial animals. Taking them outside, on an unknown territory, can stress them. Some cats will enjoy it, some others will freak out.
    Secondly, if you take your cat outside, you will then have to vaccinate them against FLV, and treat them against Fleas and ticks, tapeworms, round worm, hook worm and heartworm disease.

    That brings us to the “natural remedies”
    Diatomaceous earth: I suggest that you ask a cat dental specialist about that (i.e. Tuft Veterinary or ASPCA Angel Memorial hospital ) it might cause some serious teeth abrasion.

    We foster cats from disaster areas, and we fostered a cat “treated naturally” against fleas.
    The “natural part” was mentioned to us after the flea infestation.

    Your cat(s) getting fleas is only the tip of the iceberg: getting rid of the fleas on your cat is easy.
    Getting rid of the fleas in your house is another story: You have to treat, bomb, wash, vacuum *everything*. I mean EVERYTHING multiple times or the fleas will come back. That includes all carpets, pillows, couch, mattresses, etc etc …

    Their eggs are waterproof and therefore resistant to products designed to kill fleas.
    Believe me here, it’s experience speaking: I had to repeat a full house disinfection 3 times. It was an absolute clusterfuck and I will NEVER EVER again accept again a foster cat treated “naturally”

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    • Hi Humphrey!

      I really enjoyed reading your comment this morning.

      Fortunately, most fresh human-grade raw meat is virtually parasite-free, and if you pop it in the freezer for a while, most existing parasites will be dead by the time the food enters your cat’s bowl. You can also briefly boil or bake the meat to kill any surface bacteria.

      It’s true that many cats are stressed by unfamiliar locations due to their highly territorial personalities. Who says that the world outdoors isn’t part of your cat’s territory? Our cats have a 10-acre forest as a backyard and I’d wager that they find it anything but stressful. Vaccinations are a good idea, but remember that you really only have to worry about parasitic infestations if your cat eats wild game.

      Your flea experience sounds horrendous. It sounds like you learned an unforgettable lesson about flea treatments.

      When we wrote this article, I wasn’t as well-informed on diatomaceous earth or on the specifics of getting rid of a flea infestation. Today, I wouldn’t recommend DE due to the potential for skin irritation and the fact that it’s not the most effective/pleasant way to get rid of fleas in the house. You really do need to fully disinfect/poison your house to eliminate the infestation.

      Ideally, this would mean using benign products on your cat’s body (dish soap, possibly an oral tablet) and unleashing more aggressive insecticides on the house without exposing your cat to anything potentially harmful. While they are sometimes the only solution, toxic insecticides aren’t always necessary. Physically removing the fleas using a vacuum cleaner and washing bedding, rugs, blankets, etc. in a hot washing machine can also be effective. You might also consider placing a cut-up flea collar in your vacuum canister to poison the fleas you’ve sucked up. In most cases, that’s the safest place for a flea collar to be.

      Again, thanks for commenting.

      Cheers,

      Mallory

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      • Hi Mallory,
        Few thing as follow up…

        “When we wrote this article, I wasn’t as well-informed on diatomaceous earth”
        >> agreed, but the article has not been updated/corrected. You are still giving a misleading advice.

        “most existing parasites will be dead by the time the food enters your cat’s bowl.”
        >> E Coli and salmonella are not killed by freezing. Most of the adult stage parasites are killed by freezing, most of their eggs are not.

        “this would mean using benign products on your cat’s body (dish soap,…”
        >> Dish soap does not kill fleas by itself. it allows you to drown them. (surfactant)
        Dish soap is not “benign” on a cat, especially the Dawn type.
        Secondly, you would have to wash the entire cat, including head, ears, etc. and then would have to rinse and re-rinse extremely well. Some cats are going to be extremely stressed and distressed by the experience: We had to wash a cat that had diesel on him, and we had to sedate the cat in order to proceed without killing the cat or ourselves.
        Lastly, as I have multiple cats, I cannot take the chance of having an infestation jumping from one cat to another.
        Force washing multiple times a cat is last resort for me.

        “You might also consider placing a cut-up flea collar in your vacuum”
        >> 1) I’ll be curious to see how much insecticide is now expelled from your vacuum exhaust 😉
        >> 2) Can fleas live in a vacuum cleaner? https://fleascience.com/flea-encyclopedia/can-fleas-live-in-a-vacuum-cleaner/#zp-ID-20374-1543244-WDHQDRZ2

        Again, I am not pro-chemical, nor I wish to bath my cats in Frontline, but the welfare of the animal comes first to my mind. (Vs. our alternative facts based beliefs)

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        • Thanks for coming back to this comment and sharing your thoughts. We’ll keep them in mind. Not sure where you live, but hope you have a happy Thanksgiving regardless!

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