Why My Cat Deserves Everyday Treats
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Athena received a selection of Whiskas cat casseroles in chicken, duck and poultry. WHISKAS® Casseroles are the perfect way to treat your cat every day.
As you can see, she couldn’t wait to tuck in.
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Some would say that I spoil Athena, but so what? She deserves it because she is a cat and I love cats! I do worship her, but I don't care. She is much worthy. The ancient Egyptians got it right that cats need to be worshipped!
But that's not all. Athena is a rescue cat. I adopted her in the summer of 2011 when she was just 10 weeks old. However, I don't know her full history. All I know is that she was abandoned in someone's garden and taken to a local rescue charity in North London where I used to live. Athena was just the sweetest, cutest, most beautiful 10-week-old kitten when I adopted her from the shelter. I would definitely agree that she chose me. She was a hungry little thing, and as soon as I got her home she demanded food. And after she filled her tiny belly she decided she wanted to take a nap on my lap. For me, this was incredible because I wasn't expecting her to be so chilled in her new surroundings and so affectionate towards me on her first day. I had been imagining all sorts before I brought her home. I thought she’d be hiding behind the TV, shaking and terrified.
But you know what? I didn't need to worry at all because as soon as I opened her carrier, she bounded out on her little paws and meowed out what sounded like "I'm home". Then she climbed up my leg, digging her needle-sharp kitty claws into my skin.
My heart melted as I held this wise little kitten and we bonded instantly. It feels like she chose me to be her mum. We are soulmates. Two souls that just seem to get each other. She totally gets me like no one else can. We are on the same wavelength.
I love treating Athena every day because she provides me with so much love and gives me a reason to get up in the morning. I suffer from anxiety and depression, but this little furry bundle of fun and love brings me such joy.
With such a loving furbaby in my life, I just can’t resist giving in to her requests so yes, I’m guilty of giving her too many treats. I mean could you say no to this beautiful face?
Other ways to keep your cat happy and healthy
It’s important to keep your cat hydrated so make sure you have a bowl of clean water out throughout the day for your little furry friend to drink.
Cats need to exercise. Athena is an indoor cat but I always ensure she has all her needs taken care of. As I work from home, she never gets lonely and I'm also always available for little bursts of playtime throughout the day. And yes, I will drop anything just to play with her.
It's best to alternate between toys because cats get bored easily. Make sure you supervise your cat with things like fishing rod toys and any strings. I keep them out of sight when not in use.
As well as fishing-rod type toys, others of interest to Athena are:
- Catnip toys
- Paper bags (I cut off the handles)
- And of course, boxes. What cat doesn’t love a box?
ScratchingCats enjoy a good scratch for sharpening claws and for marking their scent on stuff for territorial reasons. It also helps relieve any anxiety and strengthens their muscles. It is a primal, instinctive urge and normal behaviour. To keep your cat fulfilled always provide several scratching posts around the home.
Athena has quite a few scratching posts and she has a tall cat tree that enables her to do some tree-dwelling in the corner of our living room. After all, she has to survey her kingdom somehow!
GroomingAs a shorthaired cat, Athena does not require a tremendous amount of grooming, but she enjoys it and will often beg for it! I think she believes I am bathing her as she sees me as her mum.
NappingAthena has trained me to nap in the afternoons. If I don't oblige she starts pawing at the walls or wardrobes. We sleep together all night too, on my double bed. She uses my calf or thigh as a pillow. I wouldn't have it any other way, even if my knee or leg hurts a little the next day!
Athena enjoys nibbling on cat grass. It helps aid digestion and provides vitamins A and D and minerals like folic acid. Sometimes grass will make your cat vomit up hairballs. Kitty grass also contains chlorophyll, which can help aid a healthy immune system and to cleanse the blood, amongst other things.