Cats have natural needs that we should respect to promote their well-being
Cats are territorial animals. They like to feel in control of their environment
They want to have free access to all of their territory to allow them to perform their natural needs when they choose, such as feeding, grooming, toileting, resting and play
Cats are solitary hunters by nature, so they do not like to share their territory and resources (litter tray, food and water stations, resting areas etc) with other cats
WHY DO OUR LIFESTYLES SOMETIMES CONFLICT WITH THE NEEDS OF OUR CATS?
It is not uncommon for the way we like to live to unintentionally conflict with our cats' needs.
Discover the 5 essential needs of cats that can be impacted:
When cats live indoors, the space available to them may be limited, with access to the outdoors restricted or not allowed. This goes against the free choice cats prefer!
Cats naturally live and hunt alone so their territory is important to them. Cats in our homes often do not get to choose where and when they can use their resources (food or resting places for example), especially when they live with another cat.
Cats like 2 things in particular: peace and routine. Unfortunately these are not always possible in our homes, which are filled with noise and activities.
Cats need to have an escape route to cope with any situations that threatens them. There are many times this may not be possible, such as a closed door or window, a person or another animal blocking their way.
Given the choice between travelling somewhere or staying at home, cats are unanimous - home is best! Cats like stability of their territory, but at times we need our cats to leave the safety of home, such as moving home or vet visits.