Happy National Cat Day! I am waking up to this gift in my shoe, courtesy of Mr. Poopy Pants. Thankfully they are not real!
Q: Why do cats leave a mouse in my shoes?
Cats are natural hunters. They hunt mice and gift it to you as a way to “feed” you and take care of you. They choose to put it in your shoes since it smells like you. If you found one of these, hopefully it is before you put your foot in the shoe. Nonetheless, be thankful because you are loved!
According to National Cat Day’s estimate, there are approximately 4 million homeless cats entering the shelter and up to half of them are euthanized! That is a staggering number of cats that are put down for no reason. Please choose to adopt from a shelter and save a cat (or two, or twelve).
If you are unable to adopt, here are 20 ways to celebrate National Cat Day. If you have a cat of your own, here are a few more ways to celebrate:
Deep Clean Litter Box
Deep clean your litter box AND the litter scoop by washing it with unscented or light scented soap. Never use bleach since it smells really strong and could discourage your cat from using it.
If your cat is outgrowing your litter box, time to get a new one. This litter box is my favorite, especially for cats who loves to kick the litter out of the box. It comes in multiple color to match your decor too.
A metal scoop is always better than the plastic scoop. Plastic is porous, which encourages bacteria to grow. Clean litter is not really clean when you rake it with bacteria-filled scoop. If you are ready to make the change, this aluminum scoop is the best since it is aluminium from end-to-end.
Use Less Dusty Litter
If you are engulfed in a cloud of dust when cleaning the litter box, imagine the amount of dust that your cat is exposed to when using it multiple times daily. Cheap litter tends to be more dusty and leave more money in your pocket but in the long run, it can affect your cat’s respiratory system and bigger vet bills.
If you are a fan of clumping litter, Arm & Hammer Slide is the best one we have found so far. Barely any dust and all around very good performance. For a more environmentally-friendly option, try the World’s BestWorld’s Best Cat Litter.
New Cat Toys
Cats gets bored easily. Try to rotate the toys you put out, so the old toy becomes a new toy again. Over the years we have purchased many cat toys. However, only few are so loved that we have to keep repurchasing them.
Bergan cat scratcher has kept our furniture intact and I am thankful for that. Money well spent! The Cat Dancer is such a simple contraption but have provided endless amusement for my cats. I don’t get it but it works! As variation, I sometimes hang feathers and strings on them.
More play time= happy cat. Enough said!
How are you celebrating the National Cat Day? Have you received any furry “gift” in your shoes?
(Disclaimer: This post contains some affiliate links (read more about it here). However, my opinions are my own and I would only endorse items that I would let my cats use.)