Valentine’s Day is coming and maybe you’re thinking of giving your cat some new toys or treats, but before you do, here’s what cats really want.
Cats are creatures of habit. They love being fed at the same time, played with regularly and loved and respected for their unique ways every day.
What our boys love is our bedtime ritual of being brushed. Normally I’m too busy brushing and cooing to get a photo of the whole gang together but I got lucky last week. Everyone waits their turn in an elegant rotation of cooperation. Everyone is brushed in a unique way and with different brushes. Domino with his coat as thick as beaver pelt loves deep firm strokes on his back, tail and around his neck but never the belly. Gris Gris loves short repeated sessions of long strokes and insists on coming back for more. Merlin is getting bony in his old age and likes short, soft strokes avoiding the spine. and extra under chin skritches. Odin doesn’t need much grooming and just goes through the motions to get attention.
If someone wants a second turn, they hop up on the bed again for round two. Gris Gris is guardian of the foot stool and scent marks by headbutting both bed posts every single night. He’s the only who does that. He’s also the only one who prefers not to have his own bed or nest and sleeps at the foot of the bed. It’s his way of letting the others know it’s his space.
Buying new catnip toys, treats or an elaborate cat condo is a lovely gesture to show your love but offering daily love, consistent routine and attention is what cats crave most. That and good food, clean water and regular veterinary care is the best gift any cat could ask for.
How do you show your love to your cats?