What ideal living space for a cat?

Are you adopting a cat or want to reorganize your home? Think about him now by creating an ideal living space for him, one that will make him happy, allow him to nap, play, eat and defecate in peace.

How much area does a cat need?

This is a question many owners ask themselves, is my home large enough to accommodate a cat? In reality, whatever the size of your home, it is never enough!

Indeed, a cat would need a territory of several hectares if we stick to the space it would occupy in nature. But don’t panic, our mustached friends have adapted to our apartments and houses and will not be unhappy in a small space.

Regardless, experts recommend around 60 square meters to meet your cat’s needs. However, there is no need to live in a large house, because tomcats do not understand space in the same way as humans.

For us, 60 m² is the floor space, because we do not live on the furniture or under the furniture. But for Grisou, 60 m² is the floor space, but also the surface area on each shelf, each under the bed, each radiator, each staircase, each nook.

In short, it is not uncommon to see your cat nestled at its observation post above the library or peacefully asleep in a drawer of a chest of drawers left open. You must therefore optimize space by arranging your home in three dimensions.

Let your cat explore every corner

Your cat is very good at creating space. It will explore your bedspread, each closet shelf, closet, space under the sofa, coffee table, high table, dresser, drawers, boxes, tub, sink, etc.

So that he is comfortable, do not deny him access to furniture under the pretext of hygiene, for example. For example, if you can refuse to let him climb onto the kitchen counter, let him sleep on the dining table if he likes it. You just need to clean it before eating your meal.

These small compromises allow your cat to be happier by having a large territory to explore. And this is all the more true if you live in a small apartment without access to the outside. Otherwise, Minou could develop behavioral problems, but also suffer from stress or lack of physical activities.

Extend its territory outside

If you live in a house and agree to let your cat out, the easiest way for them to take advantage of this new space is to let them come and go. Thus, he does not perceive the exterior as a punishment, but as an extension of his territory. He is free to go home as soon as he is hungry, cold, wants company, etc.

A cat flap is ideal. It allows your cat to have access to the outside as well as the inside without this being restrictive for you. Avoid models attached to a collar due to the risk of strangulation. Prefer simple models, even if it means welcoming the neighbor’s cat from time to time, or electronic models identifying your cat’s chip.

Set up play and relaxation areas for your cat

Your cat needs both exercise and rest to meet his physiological needs. Among these, clawing, climbing and sleeping are essential to its well-being.

Scratching post and cat tree

The scratching post is perfect for your cat to maintain its claws on the one hand, but also for it to mark its territory by depositing pheromones on the other. All without damaging your furniture. You can adopt any model when you have a large space. On the other hand, in smaller spaces, prefer scratching posts to hang on a table leg or on a wall. Thus, it will not take up space while making your cat happy.

On the cat tree side, it’s essential entertainment for your cat. It often includes integrated scratching posts. For commercial models, prefer a high cat tree, which you will preferably place facing a window and sheltered from drafts. The cat tree can be replaced by homemade constructions, such as wooden planks and alcoves connected together and fixed to the wall.

Rest and sleeping area

No matter how much you buy your cat the coziest and most beautiful place to sleep, you can’t be sure that she will adopt her. Indeed, your cat will choose the ideal place to take his nap himself. He may therefore prefer to lie down on your sofa, on a simple cardboard box, on a furniture top, on your bed, on a doormat, etc.

But to put the odds on your side, choose a bed in soft and warm material, and install it preferably high up, near a heat source (radiator, sun, fireplace). Also choose a quiet place where Grisou will not be disturbed every five minutes to promote rest and relaxation.

Separate the dining area and the cleanliness area

You wouldn’t like to eat in the same room that you toiletries in, would you? Well, it’s the same for your cat! It is essential to separate the dining area and the cleanliness area. Especially since your cat is sensitive to odors, he could get dirty if he has to do where he eats.

Where to put your cat’s bowls?

Your cat must be able to feed itself at any time of the day, in small quantities, to meet its natural biological rhythm. In addition, his water and food bowls should always be in a clean place. Often, in open spaces, we will choose the kitchen to have the dining area of ​​his cat.

But when this is not possible, you should choose a quiet and clean place, if possible away from your own dining area, so that your cat does not become a thief. You can opt for a quiet corner of the living room or the dining room for example. The main thing is that his bowls are at a good distance from his litter, and that they do not change place every four morning.

Where to put your cat’s litter box?

As for your cat’s litter box, you will understand that it must be far from the dining area so that the smells do not merge. In addition, it is necessary to find the right compromise between the comfort of the owner and the comfort of the cat, keeping in mind that the cleanliness area must be available 24 hours a day.

In addition, be aware that the cat doing its business is vulnerable to predators in this position. It must therefore have an escape route in the event of an intrusion. This is why the litter box or box should not be in a place too deep, and be located in a relatively quiet place.

You can choose a corner of the living room, the kitchen, but also a laundry room, a large dressing room or the bathroom. Finally, as the litter box must remain clean and be cleaned every day, it must be easily accessible to you to simplify your daily life.

You now have all the keys to create an ideal living space for your companion. Common sense and ingenuity will allow you to share space with him in a harmonious way. A cat and a happy owner, we feel right at home!