1. Breakfast time...
Lunch time, snack time, and dinner time, cats are all about the food and love to eat. When they start to see the bottom of their bowl they’re immediately after you with their meows, head butts and all-round begging. Go fill up the bowl human, I'm starving!
2. Cat and human bonding time
Now, some cats may be more affectionate towards their humans than others, but cats do love a snuggle every now and again, and we’re definitely not complaining! Even if they do sometimes sit in the most awkward positions, like on our head or directly on top of us, we wouldn’t even consider moving them.
3. Play time!
Cats love to run about, roll around and chase things, and we love to watch them do it. Whether it’s a fishing rod toy with a bell and a dangling feather on the end, the cardboard from an old toilet roll, or a home made finger mouse, playtime makes our cats happy, and it should certainly be encouraged.
4. Finding the perfect cardboard box
Ever heard the phrase ‘If I fits, I sits’? Well, this definitely applies to cats. For some reason they are immediately drawn to cardboard boxes, and if they can squeeze themselves into it, they will. If you buy them a lovely new cat tree, they will probably prefer the box it came in – whatever makes you happy, cat!
5. Being nosy
This can vary throughout different cats, some will run away when they hear even the smallest of noises, but others will jump straight up on to the windowsill to find out where the noise came from, and check out what’s happening outside. Who needs neighbourhood watch when you’ve got a cat?
6. Relaxing with friends
We all know that cats love to sleep, and nothing makes some cats happier than a bit of chill out time with their best mate. Whether it’s you, your other cat, your dog, or even your rabbit, cats love to cuddle up, keep warm, and have a (cat) nap. So cute!
7. When they catch the red dot...
Finally! That little annoying red dot that keeps appearing from no where, taunting our furry-friends, bouncing from wall to wall, floor to ceiling. Nothing will make your cat happier than when the dot is directly in his sight and he’s ready to pounce and catch it… oh wait, where’d it go?!
As we mentioned earlier, cats love to be warm. Whether it’s cuddling up to someone, sitting on the radiator, wrapping up in a blanket, sitting in a small ray of sunshine, or laying sprawled outside soaking up the sun. A cat is at their happiest when they’re warm, and who blames them?
9. Belly rubs and fuss
Cats love fuss... on their terms. Under the chin, behind the ears, or steady, long strokes when they're sat on our lap; they aren’t fussy (ha, geddit?!). Plus, cats purr when they’re being fussed, and a purring cat is very therapeutic to us humans – that's a win, win all round I think.
10. Knowing they’re loved
Cats are of course happiest at home, where they can feel safe, loved, and a part of the family. Many people assume that because cats are independent they can always look after themselves, this isn’t true. Our cats need us as much as we need them.
The CATalyst Council explain that scientific studies have shown that happy cats are healthier cats, and their Happy Cat Month campaign highlights the importance of your Happy Healthy Cat. They aim to go beyond the basic levels of cat care to ensure that each cat has a happy, joyful, fulfilling life. And they believe that you can help your cats reach this by focusing on four major categories: health, enrichment, safety, and value.
You can find out more about Happy Cat Month by visiting the CATalyst Council website.