Whether you're looking for better ways to “catify” your home, or new to the concept and idea of catification, our recommendations below will help you provide your feline companion with the coolest home ever! We promise they'll thank you for it!
Gone are the days of adopting a cat, providing food and water and a litter box, and leaving your cat to its own devices.
More and more people realize that cats actually require environmental enrichment. One way you can enhance your cat’s life is by catifying your home.
But what does “catify” really mean though?
Catification is a term coined by cat behaviorist Jackson Galaxy and cat-style expert Kate Benjamin. According to them, catification is “the art of making changes and adjustments to your home that meet the needs of both you and your cat aesthetically and spatially.”
Cats like to scratch, run and hide. They have natural instincts that make them want to jump and climb, hunt and eat, play and sleep.
Wild cats, for example, can fulfill all their needs and instincts outdoors — your indoor cat cannot.
It is up to us to provide our cats with ways to fulfill and act on those instincts because a cat whose instinctual needs are not met can grow bored, destructive, or depressed.
Even worse can even develop health and behavioral issues. So, it's important to meet all their needs related to activity, behavior, and mental and physical stimulation.
Here’s some expert-backed ways you can help keep your cat healthy and happy by catifying your home.
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Emily is “mom” to seven cats, one dog, and two sugar gliders. She has been writing in the pet industry for over 8 years, with a focus on cats, rescue, and adventuring. When she isn’t writing, playing music, crocheting, or working on her own entrepreneurial pursuits, Emily and her husband enjoy hiking, road-tripping, camping, and canoeing with their three cat adventurers. For more kitty tips follow her blog, KittyCatGo.