Four Paws Up For September – Happy Cat, Happy Me!

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If there was ever a perfect cat to represent what happy is, that would be our Jazmine. Just look at that precious face – not a care in the world – a sure sign that she is well taken care of and loved.

There’s far too much negativity, strife, heartache, stress, and difficulty in this world, so when there’s an occasion for happy, I’m on board. Especially when the happy involves cats, my all-time favorite thing ever! That’s right, as inspired by the CATalyst Council, September is Happy Cat Month, a month dedicated to ensuring our companion cats are happy, healthy, enriched, and valued.

Hmmm…. Well, I think I have that list covered and then some. The pictures and examples I could share about my feline gang could go on for days, but in fairness to the fact you all have lives and can’t spend the next 72 hours or more at your computers reading my post, I will share but a fraction of the things that make my cats happy. For me, my list is much shorter. If they’re happy, then I’m happy. Simple as that.

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Kizmet says happiness is a well-used scratching post. Not only is it a way to keep furniture from being damaged, but providing scratching outlets is important to a cat’s health and well-being.

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For Jazmine, not much makes her happier than the thrill of the hunt. That’s why having lots of interactive toys for her is so important. Peanut is in tow, wondering just where Jazmine is going to stash her “kill.”

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We occasionally let the cats outside (under complete supervision) and munching on non-toxic greens keeps Rolz and Mia very happy.

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According to Peanut, having an area to nap and absorb the sun is one of the best ways ever to be happy and content.

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Zee agrees with Peanut, but prefers his comfortable napping spot to be the couch where he can be near his beloved humans.

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For Zoey, a sliver of sunshine is the key to her well-being and she absorbs it like a regal Queen of the Nile. My function is to admire her, which I always do.

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Having treats is a two-fold key to happiness – the kitties love them, but it also encourages a favorable bond between them and myself as the provider.

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Location, location, location. For cats, to feel safe and secure, it’s all about providing them with plenty of vertical space and in our house, we have several strategically placed cat condos that they love.

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Making a bed is secondary to the cats happiness – we would never dream of disturbing their nap time when they are that content.

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What’s the big deal with a mess if it means the cats are happy? This is pretty much what we wake up to every day – but it is important to make sure the cats have a variety of toys to play with to keep them fit – both physically and mentally,

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We call it “Squirrel TV” but to the cats it brings them to their intuitive roots of stalking prey. So not only do I feed the birds and squirrels for the birds and squirrels themselves, I do it so that the cats don’t lead a completely sedentary and boring life. This helps keep them from fighting with one another in my multi-cat home.

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While all of the above is important, perhaps most important is me (and Dan too). As their guardians, not only do we provide them with warm and loving laps to cuddle on, but we make sure that they are fed nutritious foods, that they have a safe and comfortable home , that they are taken to the vet on a regular basis to ensure they are healthy, and so much more.

Happy Wednesday everyone and in spirit of the month, what kinds of things make your cat(s) happy?

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I chose to post a light-hearted post for Happy Cat Month, but the true intention of the month according to the CATalyst Council is to counteract the stereotypes that cats are self-reliant, aloof, and less in need of medical care than dogs and to educate and inform cat owners what they can do to ensure their cat is happy. They will focus on one topic per week via social media – for details, please click here.
• Week 1 – Happy Healthy Cat (September 1-5)
• Week 2 – Happy Enriched Cat (September 6-12)
• Week 3 – Happy Multi-Cat (September 13-19)
• Week 4 – Happy Valued Cat (September 20-30)

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  1. da tabbies o trout towne says:

    guys…….all oh de above; pluz a perch pizza, a burd free sky, N de ax cess code two de
    cell ewe lar…… sew we can shop online while de food serviss gurl sleepz ~~~~ ♥♥♥

  2. Amy Orvin says:

    You have a lovely home and absolutely gorgeous cats! :)

  3. Your cats seem really happy! I love all the photos, but my favorite is the one with Zoey, Queen of the Nile :)

  4. Two French Bulldogs says:

    Wow, we want to move in to that pad
    Lily & Edward

  5. I love that window hammock! I think I’m going to have to find one of those for my kitties.
    –Purrs (and wags) from Life with Dogs and Cats

    • Deb says:

      Susan and the gang from Life With Dogs and Cats – we’ve had this hammock since 2012 – it’s called a Sunny Seat – and it’s been a feline favorite ever since!

  6. Shadow says:

    Happy, being with my people in the sunshine.
    Meowrrrr,

  7. Flynn says:

    They all look very content. I love Jazmine’s happy tail.

  8. Robin says:

    Your cats are so beautiful – and happy! It’s great to see all of those tail in the air photos. I love the photo of you with your cats on your couch. Isn’t it great know that your cats choose to be right there with you. :)

  9. ahhh, a contented cat. Or two. Or three… 😉

    Happy “Happy Cat Month”!

  10. You kitties are the poster cats for happy cat month. We hope it’s a fabulous month for all of you!

  11. Happy cats…happy humans!

  12. meowmeowmans says:

    Happy Cat Month to some of our favorite cats (and their people)! :)

  13. Purrsea says:

    Happiness is a well blended family…and that you all are! Happy Cat Month fur shore =^,,^=

  14. Sasha says:

    Wow. You cats have it made!

  15. da tabbies o trout towne says:

    Deb; I wanted to say THANX for you comment about me on da tabbies blog;
    I am and always will be forever grateful for your friendship as well, dood Jazz
    does hold a special place in both our hearts; I’ve told you before….I think he’s
    “someone” we both…know….. ( now you’re going to recant your remark about my
    “wisdom” and say I’m….”nuts” !!! ) Thanx for agreeing to be a part of Sauce’s
    interview, for taking the time to answer my questions; I had fun with the post
    and I hope Sauce & Jazz had fun with it too ♥♥♥♥♥ Laura

  16. Ellen Pilch says:

    Excellent post. Every month should be happy cat month :)

  17. Patricia Banks says:

    Always looking for new ideas for spoiling my cats!

  18. Cuddling with a peep makes me happy until I get too much of it and am feeling smothered. Nip makes me happy, for sure. And sunpuddles! Gotta love those sunpuddles. Basically, I’m a pretty happy cat and not just in September. I’m happy twelve months of the year!

    Purrs,
    Seville