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Respect Your Cat Day

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Respect your cat?  I worship my cat, you may be thinking, but there may be a few things to improve on to show you truly respect your cat.

Since today is Respect Your Cat Day, I thought it timely to offer a few suggestions to show your feline friend some r-e-s-p-e-c-t:

Keep Your Cat’s Litterbox Clean

We don’t like using dirty bathrooms, and our cats don’t either. I read an article not too long ago that brought up a good point: Not scooping your cat’s litter box for many days is comparable to not flushing a toilet for the same amount of time. Think about it, pretty gross, huh?

Give Your Cat A Quiet Place

Often our feline companions need a place for some down time. Give your cat a safe, quiet place in the house he can go to escape the hustle and bustle of a sometimes busy home.

Don’t Make Him The Object Of Ridicule

If your cat despises wearing clothes of any kind, don’t subject him to the embarrassment of being dressed. It may be funny, but have you seen many pictures of cats where they looked happy? We don’t like being laughed at, our cats really don’t either.

If Your Cat Doesn’t Like Being Picked Up, Respect His Boundaries

Many cats don’t like being picked up and/or held. If this is your cat, don’t randomly pick him up; he’ll wriggle to get free and you may end up with some ugly scratches in the process. Think about it, would you like someone you live with to pick you up with no warning and hold you as long as they wanted, even though you indicated you didn’t want them to hold you? Annoying, yes!

Watch Your Tone Of Voice

Cats often respond to our tone of voice. For me, if I raise my voice at all, even if it’s directed at him, he will run away or hide. Be aware of the tone of voice you’re using when talking to your cat, try a little tenderness. We don’t like being yelled at, neither does your cat.

Give Him Clean Dishes

No one likes to eat off dirty dishes.  Your cat doesn’t either.  Be sure his food and water dishes are clean.  Dirty dishes can harbor bacteria and can lead to feline acne. Check his water bowl throughout the day and refresh as needed.  Be sure to change water at least once a day.

Cats make great friends, so be a good friend in return today and every day. Respect your cat and his needs and he’ll reward you with years of love and respect in return.