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Odd Things That Make Cats Happy

September 1, 2021

September is Happy Cat Month! Of course, given the chance, our feline pals would no doubt insist that every month is Happy Cat Month, and they wouldn’t be wrong. Cats do deserve to be content and comfy! Fortunately, it isn’t very hard to please these little furballs. A Washington DC vet lists a few of Fluffy’s favorite things in this article.


Catnip

It probably isn’t much of a surprise to find catnip at the top of this list. Interestingly, Fluffy isn’t the only animal that likes to partake in substances that give them a feeling of euphoria. Dolphins, for instance, have been observed passing pufferfish around. Apparently, the nerve-toxins these toxic fish secrete cause them to go into trances. You definitely don’t want to mess with pufferfish, but you can offer your furry pal some catnip mice on occasion.


Beds

Cats are definitely very, very tired. Your furry little friend will spend as much as 20 hours a day snoozing! Unsurprisingly, beds are pretty high on the list of Fluffy’s favorite things.


Sunbeams

Kitties are not technically cold-blooded. However, Fluffy may have missed that memo, as she loves to lounge about in warm, sunny spots.


Boxes

Fluffy’s love of boxes is definitely one of her cuter quirks. As it turns out, all cats share this same curious obsession. Even lions and tigers can’t resist boxes! Some scientists theorize that kitties like boxes because they feel safer in enclosed places. However, that theory goes out the window when you see pictures of cats stuffing themselves into boxes that are clearly way too small.


Sheet-Changing Time

This is another one of Fluffy’s adorable, but somewhat purrplexing traits. Your feline buddy will be more than happy to lend a helping paw with changing your sheets on laundry day. (She may not actually be very helpful, but that’s beside the point.)


Spider Plants

We recommend keeping kitties inside, for safety reasons. However, Fluffy can both enjoy and benefit from sniffing at and nibbling on non-toxic plants. Spider plants, for some reason, are irresistible to our feline friends. Although these pretty plants are safe for cats, they aren’t safe from cats. (Note: you can find more safe plants listed at the ASPCA site here.)



Please feel free to contact us, your Washington DC pet hospital, for all of your cat’s veterinary care needs. We are always happy to help!

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