Although she’s only been with us for a short time, my cat has already chosen her very favorite places in our house to hang out – some more appropriate than others. She has taught me that cats can be very creative when seeking out their favorite spots. Here are the places I’m likely to find my cat hanging out in my house.
Places that are elevated. Whether it’s the kitchen counter or the desk, my cat loves to be high in the air. I dread the day when she figures out how to climb on top of the refrigerator or the kitchen cabinets!
Tip for the cat owner: Make sure your cat has a multi-level climber so that she can get her fix for heights. It’s so entertaining seeing my cat shimmy up the pole to the highest level.
Places with a view. Give her a window, and she’s entertained for hours. Whether she’s staring at birds, spiders, passersby, or just the scenery, my cat loves perching in a window.
Tip for the cat owner: If you don’t have adequate windowsills for your cat to perch, set a table, couch, or other surface in front of a window so she will have somewhere to rest her curious bottom.
Places that are hidden. From the kitchen table to the space behind the couch, my cat loves to be anywhere dark and hidden. These are the places she likes to take her “prey” – that is, the toys she has successfully “caught.” The most creative she’s gotten so far are: the dryer, a shelf on the pantry, and the space between the wall and an open door. She even loves her cat carrier when she’s willingly using it as a hiding spot.
Tip for the cat owner: Create spaces for your cat to hide, such as a small, open, overturned ottoman or a paper bag from the grocery store.
Places that are forbidden. If she has ever been told “no” when she tried to go somewhere, my cat is sure to try to go there again. My cat’s particular forbidden haunts are behind the television (we are still working on this one) and the laundry nook (we gave up on this one).
Tip for the cat owner: My cat seems to respond reasonably well when I come up to her with a finger near her face and firmly (and repeatedly) say, “No.” However, my husband and I are admittedly not very good at disciplining our cat yet. You might want to read this article for more ideas.
Places that are snuggly. My cat is a snuggler, so she loves curling up on the couch in her favorite blanket, and especially when my husband and I are available to cuddle. One of her favorite places to relax is in our laps or at our feet when we are on the couch.
Tip for the cat owner: When cats get ready to lie down, they will often “knead” a space with their paws before settling in. This could result in snags on your furniture or blanket. To avoid this, you might want to designate a blanket for the cat to use when lying down on your couch.
As a cat owner, I’ve found it’s helpful to know where my cat is likely to hang out, and to create spaces that will keep her both cozy and occupied. Where are you likely to find your cat?
Resource: How to Train and Discipline Your Cat by James Morris.