How to have a Happy Cat
Get to know your cat
We have a tendency to treat pets as though they are all the same and all have the same feelings and reactions. The average moggie is always in one category while the pedigrees are expected to conform to their breed standard. Each and every cat will form his own character through genetics, life experience and the fact that each one is unique and owners need to learn to respect their own kitty's character.
Cats are like humans, you will never find a perfect one! To help your cat develop and build a close relationship within the household, it is important for all members of the family respect his personality and characteristics.
When you are faced with behaviour problems, these will obviously need to be addressed but always remember to take into account your cat's temperament and character.
Building a strong relationship
We have to remember that for cats living with people is not natural! Socialisation is therefore vital for any kitten and older cat joining your household. You will need to spend time, handling with care, playing and generally interacting with your new arrival in the family. For a kitten the most important time in his young life to socialise with people and possibly other pets in the household is between 2 and 7 weeks.
Do remember it is part of a cat's make-up to want to roam outside and build up his own territory so if at all possible, do let him do so. A cat that is unhappy about being confined at home may start clawing and marking by fouling or urinating. These signs are your cat telling you his needs are not being fulfilled.
Multi cat households
Some cats can find living in a multi cat household stressful and it is worth bearing in mind that related cats will live together easier. Cats are want to be able to get to food, water, litter trays without forming an orderly queue - this is not in their make as cats are happy in their company and that is why they like to roam their territory around your home.
Cats also need quiet resting places where they will not be disturb or startled and for the stressed cat an elevated resting place will really help as this position helps them to assess the situation and decide in their own if the situation was not a threat after all.