If your kitty is unhappy they are sure to let you know, probably in very obvious and creative ways. Cats definitely likes consistency and familiarity, and providing them with a comforting environment is essential.
This emphisises the importance of providing them with all the necessities that consistently meets their high standards, including:
A Correctly Sized Litter Box
Cats can be very picky when it comes to the place where they do their business. If their litter box is either too large or too small they may reject it and choose to go elsewhere. Same for covered vs uncovered boxes, some like the coziness of them while they makes others feel confined. Choose a box that is large enough for kitty to comfortably turn around in and wide enough so there is room for them to scratch the litter to cover their deposits. It also needs to be deep enough so enthusiastic scratchers won’t send all the litter flying out of the box.
The Correct Litter
Your kitty will inevitably have a say in what exactly is “the correct litter”. Some cats may not like the gritty feel of sand type litters or the smell of the dust that is released when they scratch. Others will reject clay type litters for its gravely feel and others will not like the chunky nuggets that is the consistency of paper litter. Start with a litter that has all the qualities that are important to you. Then, after some trial and error, you and your cat will come to an agreement on what is “the correct litter”.
A cat’s scratching serves a purpose, it helps remove the dead skin layer, or sheath, from their nails and is a way they mark their territory. As necessary as it is, it can wreck havoc on furniture, carpets, and other surfaces that your cat adopts as the perfect place to scratch. Encourage non-destructive scratching by providing scratching posts, boxes, and platforms that are accessible to your kitty at all times.
Cat Trees and Perches
Cats love to climb. Providing high spaces where kitty is allowed to climb and sit will not only make them happy it will discourage them from them climbing up on spaces you have declared “off limits”. This is especially important for multi-pet households since cats like to have a place that is all their own. A place where they can go to escape the activity of the other animals. Perches in front of a window are especially inviting since they provide not only a place to climb but a view to the outside world.
Provide your kitty with not only what they need, but want they want. They will be sure to let you know, in very obvious and creative ways, that they are happy and content.