Getting a new furry friend can often be overwhelming, but trying to figure out what kind of food and toys to buy is often just the beginning. The most prudent new owners will make sure that the household environment is safe for the new pet. Surprisingly, some seemingly innocuous articles of bedroom furniture can mean struggles and danger for cats of any age. Fortunately, there are many easy ways to make the space ideal for a cat.
Strings and Fringe
It’s no secret that kittens love string, and many of them have been trained to associate dangling strings with playtime. Because of this, it may be easy for cats to believe that many common bedroom accessories are just more of their toys. Keep an eye out for fringe on clothing, chair linings, or anything else that may dangle from the ceiling, windows, or other bedroom fixtures.
A litter box can be an eyesore that detracts from any room, and so many owners choose to hide their box in a hallway or bathroom. To keep litter boxes further out of the way, owners can try to incorporate them among the bedroom furniture. There are many ways to disguise the box within hampers, dressers, or drawers, but make sure that the cat still has access to the room around the clock.
Having cats declawed is sometimes viewed as inhumane, and the procedure can lead to behavioral problems. On the other hand, trimming feline nails is complicated and can result in permanent nerve damage. So how is it possible to protect bedroom furniture despite this? It’s now possible to purchase small, plastic caps that clip onto your cat’s claws. The caps leave them healthy and inhibit them from doing damage to their surroundings and their caretakers.
In a similar vein, a remarkably easy way to reduce damage to possessions is by buying a scratching post. Encouraging your pet to scratch one item (and only one item) can significantly reduce how much they tear up other objects with their claws. This may require a bit of training so that they understand what is okay (and what isn’t okay) to scratch, but having a post can also reduce a cat’s stress and anxiety.
Depending on the colors of the animal fur and the bedroom furniture, it can be frustrating to see that every bedroom fixture is regularly dusted with hairs. An easy fix to this is to find a cozy blanket that the feline can cuddle up and claim, keeping their shedding contained to one area.
Cats are often marvelous additions to any home and are relatively low-maintenance pets. A few simple changes can go a long way toward keeping them happy and safe and keeping household decorations from being damaged.