How to ‘catify’ your house to make it cat-friendly
Is your cat as confident and happy as it could be at home? Here’s how to catify your home to keep it cat-friendly and ensure your kitty is having the time of its life – and not scratching at the couch.
According to Animal Medicines Australia’s 2021 report, Australians cared for 4.9 million pet cats last year: up 8 per cent from 2019. ‘Catification’ – adjusting your home to accommodate your cat’s needs as well as your own – is the key to keeping your household cat friend and your cat happy. Originally coined by cat behaviour expert Jackson Galaxy, catification allows your cat to safely and happily eat, drink, sleep, climb, play and perch throughout your home. It also positively affects cat-to-cat and cat-to-human relationships.
The best way to catify your house is to think about bringing the outdoors inside, according to Australian veterinarian and TV presenter Dr Katrina Warren, who we caught up with at Melbourne's annual Cat Lovers Show. “Think about things that a cat is going to do naturally when they're outside, such as climbing, perching in high places, or chewing on grass and how they do their toileting,” Dr Katrina said.
Proper catification can make an indoor cat’s life just as entertaining and stimulating as an outdoor cat’s. “I’m very big on indoor confinement for your cat’s own safety,” Dr Katrina explained. “So many outdoor cats get hit by cars, get into fights, get injuries... the lifespan of an outdoor cat is greatly reduced compared the average indoor cat. Making your cat indoor-only is the number one thing you can do to help your cat live longer.”