R-E-S-P-E-C-T the Cat for Respect Your Cat Day

Ways to show your cat you respect them for Respect Your Cat Day

You know you respect me… How is it possible not to, afterall, I’m a cat…

So it’s another one of those human invented days on behalf of kitties. Respect Your Cat Day. Not to point out the obvious, but if you’re reading this blog, I know you already love and respect your cat(s), all day, every day. But why not have some fun with it and go to a deeper level. How about a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T?

R. Read. As in read those ingredients when you buy food to feed your cat. Cats are obligate carnivores and the ideal diet for your cat is a raw food diet or a high-quality canned food diet where protein is listed as the first ingredient on the label, with the meat/poultry fit for human consumption, and grain-free. In other words, not all foods are created equal, so please do your homework when you do your shopping.

E. Engineering. To help your cat satisfy his natural urges for territorial ownership, provide him with vertical space options to jump up to (especially in a multi-cat household where access to vertical space is a necessity to peaceful cohabitation). If your cat prefers to hang out on lower levels, provide him an assortment of baskets, boxes, mats, and beds to nap in that are placed on the floor or other low areas.

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Strategically placed wall shelves are just one of the ways you can provide vertical space for your cats. Kizmet and Peanut are enjoying the setup in my office.

S. Sunlight. Cats love nothing more than a delicious cat nap wherever they can find a sliver of sun. A cat’s normal body temperature can range from 100.5 to 102.5 degrees, which is higher than our human average of 98.6 degrees and so they tend to gravitate toward warmth. Try to place cat bedding and furniture in spots that make it nice and easy for kitty to catch a ray or two.

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Rolz is basking in the joy of a sunbeam in the guest bedroom.

P. Plants. Some common plants can be dangerous to cats and it’s important to know what they are. Live holiday plants such as mistletoe, poinsettia, holly berries, hibiscus, and amaryllis blooms can be toxic to one degree or another if ingested by your cat. Lilies (including traditional Easter lilies) are also problematic—many varieties, including Tiger, Asian, Japanese Show, Stargazer and the Casa Blanca can cause kidney failure. If you have any questions on what other household items are poisonous to cats, please visit the Pet Poison Helpline or call 1-855-764-7661.

E. Exercise. Playing is extremely important to the health and well-being of your cat. Not only does playing help to keep her physically and mentally fit, but it will help to relieve any stresses she might have by allowing her to exert energy, and permit her to act like the skilled hunter she was born to be. Interactive toys, such as wand feather toys are a great way to exercise your cat, while also honing the bond you have with one another.

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It’s nice to have a wide variety of toys for your cat to play with – clearly Zee was having a great time with his toys!

C. Claws. Cats are born with claws for a reason, so please, don’t declaw your cat. Declawing is a procedure that involves the amputation of each of the ten front toes of the cat’s paws (something that would be equivalent to us losing the entire tip of every finger at the first knuckle) and it can cause serious, lifelong changes to a cat. As an alternative, keep your cat’s claws trimmed. Not only will it protect you, it will also protect furniture and household items from being damaged. And unlike a drastic alternative such as declawing that can adversely affect your cat’s health, well-being, personality, and behavior, it’s safe and humane.

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Make sure to provide your cat with lots of different types of scratching posts options – some cats like reclining styles like this one. Some prefer vertical shapes, and some prefer horizontal.

T. Time. In the scheme of our human lifespan, our beloved kitties are only with us for a fraction of our lives. Enjoy whatever time together you are blessed to have and remember that our cats have to rely on us for everything. Healthy and nutritious foods, trips to the vet, toys, clean litter, fresh water, safe housing, comfortable and cozy bedding, cat condos, grooming, and more. When we bring a cat into our lives, it’s a lifetime commitment of respecting that responsibility and relationship.

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From the moment I rescued Kizmet he and I have shared a special bond. I respect him very much and vow to always take as best care of him as I can.

 

Enjoy the day and give your cat extra love and kisses (if he or she will let you – some cats aren’t fans of the mushy stuff!). And if you find cat behavior and the relationship we share with our cats as fascinating as I do, I hope you’ll consider adding my most recent book, Makin’ Biscuits – Weird Cat Habits and the Even Weirder Habits of the Humans Who Love Them to your reading list. It’s chock full of ideas, tips, practical advice and solutions to help your cat live an optimally happy and healthy life befitting his true feline nature. For ordering information, please visit makinbiscuitsbook.com.

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  1. terry davis says:

    the small toys end up under the furniture!

  2. The kitties here sure do make sure that it’s Respect Your Cat Day every day.. But that’s how it should be, right? And we really appreciate your fantastic tips on R-E-S-P-E-C-T today. Purrs!

  3. We agree…respect your cat day is everyday. :)

  4. Best post I have seen so far for this day. I agree it is every day….soooo…I must have TOTALLY disrespected Cody because I never turned the page in my Editorial Calendar and completely forgot about this day. Oh well!!!!

    • Deb says:

      Uh oh…sounds like extra treats for Cody are on the line-up for today!! MOL – I forget about 90% of the cat related days, and I barely have time to blog about the ones I do remember! You’re doing way better than I am!!!

  5. da tabbies o trout towne says:

    guys total lee awesum use oh de acronym respect bye yur mom

    984 pawz up ! ☺☺♥♥ ( tho we wood switch up exercize for Eat mor fish 😉

  6. Basil says:

    Great post guys, full of amazing tips, thanks so much for sharing!

    Bestest purrs

    Basil & Co xox

  7. jmuhj says:

    Absolutely EVERY day is Respect My Cats Day — and in return, they cut me a lot of slack because, of course, servants are only human 😉

  8. Ellen Pilch says:

    Excellent post, all wonderful ways to show you respect your kitty.

  9. Cathy Keisha says:

    Great post! Everyday IS Respect your Cat Day. We don’t have any sun puddles here. Should I ax the peeps to move to an apartment with a southern exposure. Strangely, I don’t gravitate toward warm placed like the heating vents or dish washer. You hit everything else on the money.

    • Deb says:

      MOL – leave it to you to think outside the box, CK. Speaking of boxes, some cats actually gravitate to boxes for warmth instead of sun puddles. Do you like boxes or secret cubby hiding spaces?

  10. What a helpful post! Respect comes in many forms, and using the word to helps define all the important ways to prove your love for your feline furiends was clever! The catification in your office is really cool! Lots of love and purrs from the Squeedunk cats…

  11. Great post for that special day ! We celebrate every day ! Purrs