If you’re thinking of getting a cat for your home, then you’ll have to make certain changes in your home décor, to make it more attainable for your new feline resident. Creating a cat-friendly environment isn’t that difficult, but managing to maintain your personal style in the process can be a tad challenging. Of course, there’s no such things as impossible in house design and implementing these changes into your home can be an exciting endeavour, if only you learn to keep an open mind. So, without further ado, we present you 3 ideas on how to make a beautiful cat haven out of your home:
Start with The Basics
When it comes to making a proper home for your cat, it’s best to start with the basics, because you’ll soon realize that there’s nothing basic about them. There are four main aspects you should consider and they are food, water, bed and toilet. Felines are generally private beings and would appreciate if food bowls were placed in secluded areas, but given the fact that they’re natural predators, they expect to search for their water, meaning you shouldn’t place the water bowl right beside the food bowl. This might require some strategic planning and you’ll probably have to revisit the layout of your household. This is especially important when it comes to sleep, as cats spend a majority of their time asleep and need warm, preferably quiet and elevated place for sleeping. Consider placing the litter box in a discreet place, away from any doors, cat flaps or openings that could be perceived as dangerous by these natural predators.
Minimize the Minimalism
One of the greatest challenges for cat lovers is learning how to create a cat-friendly surrounding without sacrificing their personal style. This can be especially troublesome if you prefer a more contemporary approach with a minimalistic, clutter-free environment. Cats require stimulating habitats, as well as surroundings in which they can explore, traverse and investigate things and minimalistic house design lack this type of ambience. An open home design with no obstacles, objects or things that could be used as shelter or for camouflage seems intimidating for felines, it’s like being put in a vast field with nothing around. In order for a cat to stop feeling threatened, it’ll be necessary to offer your feline companion a fulfilling environment that’ll be comfortable, secure and, at the same time, challenging and invigorating.
A very important part of owning a cat is being aware of the fact that they prefer high places where they can rest and monitor their environs. Keeping this in mind, it’s a good idea to consider placing a lot of shelves on the walls (without breakable trinkets), as well as opting for a tall scratching post or a cat tree. High cupboards and wardrobes are a great solution for felines, but you can always opt for a kitty loft and equip it with diverse and stimulating cat accessories for your cat to enjoy. If you’re feeling inspired, you can easily create a kitty playground by installing ramps and walkaways around the house and make use of all high areas around the place. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you’ll have to sacrifice your style entirely, just that you’ll need to learn to work around it.
There’s a variety of ways to make your home more accessible for your feline friend; the only thing you need to do is get acquainted with your cat’s needs. This way you’ll know just how to plan and organize the layout of your home, in a way that you, your family and your cat feel comfortable and happy.