Cats get a bad reputation for being, well, grumpy.
And while sometimes their attitudes can get the better of them, it’s actually easy to help your kitty be happy.
Instant Cat Mood Boosters
If your cat is acting a little grumpy, or you just want to help them have a great day, try out these five tips for making them happy:
The second I reach for a treat, my cats will instantly perk up and transform into the happiest cats in the world. Try it for yourself! Keep a stash of your cat’s favorite treats nearby, and whenever they are on the edge of grumpy, give one to them as a special surprise. Chances are, your cat will swap her hissy attitude for purrs and biscuits.
Eye kisses, aka slowly blinking at your cat, are the purrfect way to tell your cat that you love them and encourage a calmer, happier attitude. It may take a few tries, but the relaxed vibes you share with your cat should help them to chill out themselves. And they’re likely to return the sweet gesture with their own slow blinks!
Pets—If They Want Them
Some cats will respond really well to being pet—while others will hate it. If your cat is rubbing against you or tilting her head toward your hands, try reaching out a gentle hand to pet them. Let them guide you where they would like to be pet. If they respond and become happier, great! If they show aggression towards you for petting them, go ahead and leave them alone.
A New Toy
Nothing distracts my cats like a brand new toy. Wand toys are our favorite because they allow me to be a part of their play time and interact with them. This helps us to bond, and gets them important exercise that is vital to improving their mood.
Your Undivided Attention
Sometimes, all it takes to make your cat happy is a little undivided attention. Put your phone down. Turn off the tv. Spend fifteen to thirty minutes doing nothing but hanging out with your kitty! Listen to their cues to see what it is they need or want, and respond. If they’re playful, grab a toy. If they’re yelling by their food dish, consider giving them a small snack. If they simply want to lay with you quietly, do that! This uninterrupted time will be beneficial for both of you.
Your Unhappy Cat May Need Medical Attention
I get it, we all go through times when we aren’t in the best of moods. But if your cat is unhappy and is staying that way, you need to take them to the vet. Only they will be able to do a thorough exam to check to see if there are any serious health concerns affecting your cat’s mood. And if it turns out it really is just a bad attitude, at least you’ll know! There’s no such thing as being too safe with your cat’s health.
I know a lot about cats, but I’m not a veterinarian. Please don’t take any of the statements I give as medical advice and do always consult your trusted vet, especially if your cat is experiencing behavioral or physical challenges.