I probably have mentioned thousand of times before on this blog that cats are routine animals. Now it’s time to finally dedicate a blog post to their routine!
The Routine Of Cats
Cat experts agree that a routine forms the basis of your cat’s senses of security and comfort. Because cats are territorial creatures, their routines will develop around your household and schedule. Cats have developed these routines to protect their territory. Another option is that with a routine cats will know what will happen, and when it will happen. Which makes them feel like they are in control.
If you observe your cat every day, you might notice that your cat has a specific pattern that it follows almost every day. For example, your cat will wake you up every morning, at the same time, every day. After that it will get food, and when your cat is finished eating, they will sleep until noon. When he wakes up he will watch some birds from the window, do some cleaning, and wait till you’re back home from work. In the evening, every day he will be fed at 5 p.m, continue his cleaning after wards and sleep the evening away. Just to wake up right before you go to bed at 10!
As your cat grows older, he isn’t that good anymore in being capable of adapting to changes in his or hers environment. He will notice every detail and small change. From the new food brand, to the chair you moved to the other side of the room. Your cat might even notice changes in your own routine!
A sudden change in your cat’s routine and surroundings can give your cat stress, which can result in various stress-related behaviors. Such as aggression, litter box problems and self-mutilation.
The best way to keep your cat stress free is to try to stick to your daily routine and keep changes to a minimum. When changes are really needed, try introducing them t your cat gradually while leaving every other thing of the routine in place, and limit the exposure to new brands of food or litter brand on the first day and increase the exposure of newness over a week time.
For example, you want to change the litter box to the other side of the room? Everyday, for seven days, slide the litter box a bit more to the other side of the room, until it is where you want it to be.