3 Ways to ‘Catify’ Your Home

As every person with a pet cat knows, their cats own the home, they just live in it. Unfortunately, the lack of opposable thumbs makes decorating painfully hard for cats so they need to rely on their guardians to make the space around them as comfortable and functional as possible. Tastes are different. It doesn’t always work out.

Enter, Jackson Galaxy, animal behaviorist and star of Animal Planet’s hit series “My Cat From Hell.” In his TV show, he’s turned furry nightmares into cuddle bugs and scratching meanies into purring sweethearts; all it takes is a few adjustments in architecture and home design.

In his upcoming bookCatify to Satisfy: Simple Design Solutions for Creating a Feline-Friendly Home, Galaxy shares with cat lovers simple ways to adapt their homes to fit the needs of their feline roommates and keep everyone happy on a daily basis. In an interview with Care2, he shared the top three ways to start that catification process.

1. Explore your vertical space

“Anybody who has heard me spiel on and on about catification knows about the joys of vertical space,” says Galaxy about making use of walls or windows to add shelves and other surfaces that cats can jump onto. “If you’re living in a multiple cat home you need to provide them with vertical freedom.”

According to Galaxy, allowing cats to see the world from a higher perspective makes them more comfortable. In a house with multiple animals, it makes them feel more in control knowing they can escape to their penthouse retreat if they need a little privacy for the fourth nap of the day or feel attacked.

“Humans walk into a room, we look straight ahead,” he adds. “Cats are looking at every square inch in front, to the side, up and down to see where they can go. When you offer them vertical freedom you’ll immediately see that they have added confidence.”

2. Be honest. Really honest.

No matter how much we love our pets, we tend to act a little selfish when it comes to things like the location of their beds and litter boxes, and that can turn into a big problem.

“Take a closer look at your cat and get out of your head,” suggests Galaxy. “Ask yourself, ‘How many litter boxes do I need? Where do I need them to be?’”

If you have multiple cats, one litter box just won’t do. Cats are very territorial and when it comes to their bathroom needs; they prefer it to smell like them only, thank you very much.

Having three litter boxes all side by side in the garage is also not a good idea because a cat’s sense of smell is much more developed than a human’s sense of smell. Bite the bullet and grab the scooper because some other room (or rooms) in the house will need to have a litter box, too.

3. Create a kitty home base

The concept of home base is especially important when first bringing in a cat home or when introducing a new cat to a home where another one already lives. It’s a welcoming place where they can process what’s going on around them.

“You want to have a room that’s comfortable for your cat and is completely their space,” explains Galaxy. “This will be the space where he can can always go and know ‘this is mine.’”

The best way to do that is by filling it with items, like blankets, sweaters or towels, that hold the guardian’s scent and that cats can get their scent into as well. Once that happens they will become more and more at ease and start seeing the base camp as a peaceful haven they can escape to when your friends come over, when the dreaded vacuum comes out of the closet, or when they are just not in the mood to deal with you (because that happens, too).

Photo Credit: Jeff Newton/Excerpted from CATIFY TO SATISFY: Simple Solutions for Creating a Cat-Friendly Home by Jackson Galaxy and Kate Benjamin with the permission of Tarcher Perigee, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Copyright Jackson Galaxy and Kate Benjamin 2015.

121 comments

Carla G
Past Member about a month ago

tyfs

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Mike R
Mike R7 months ago

Thanks

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Hannah K
Past Member 7 months ago

Thank you.

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Glennis W
Glennis W7 months ago

Great information and advice Thank you for caring and sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis W7 months ago

Thank you for caring and sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis W7 months ago

Give them heaps of space Thank you for caring and sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis W7 months ago

Very interesting article Thank you for caring and sharing

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Michael Friedmann
Michael Friedmann7 months ago

Thank You for Sharing This !!!

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Clare O'Beara
Clare O'Beara7 months ago

Cats are prey to big carnivores so they need high spots

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Clare O'Beara
Clare O'Beara7 months ago

cats like to find a bowl of dry food placed up high. This is foraging.

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