To celebrate Respect Your Cat Day today, I’ve asked some of my cat blogging friends to share how they respect their cats.
For me though, it’s about taking care of the physical and emotional needs of my cats and treating them like cats, not dogs or small humans. As obligate carnivores they eat a species appropriate diet (I chose to fed raw), and I also ensure they have plenty of opportunities to express their natural feline behaviours – to scratch, climb, hunt, play and sleep.
Respect Your Cat Day – What Our Friends Said
I show Loki respect by understanding (and celebrating!) him for who he is. I love finding new and fun ways to meet his feline needs to scratch, climb, jump, hunt and play. I respect his preferences for some forms of affection (chin scratches – YES) and his dislike of others (belly rub – NO).
Joanna Paul from Creature Clinic
I show my cats respect by treating them well. They gets their meals on time, proper vet care and lots of love.
Ellen Pilch from 15andMeowing
My cats are family. Respecting their personalities, silly quirks and what makes them purr has created a bond I’m grateful for everyday. I try to make our home safe, fun and inspiring for them with places to climb, play, sleep and hide. And best of all, places to share love.
Debbie Glovatsky from Glogirly
I respect my cats by treating them like cats, taking good care of their health, and meeting their specific needs. They have high quality food as they are obligate carnivores, clean litter boxes, toys and enough room to live. My house is “catified”. I take time to play with them and pet them every day. And I try to think like a cat to make them happy.
Claire Bertolini from The Swiss Cats
I respect Karma-Kat and Seren-Kitty by accepting and treating them as CATS, not “humans in fur suits” and by putting myself in their paws. Their behaviors are innate and species-appropriate.
Amy Shojai from Amy Shojai’s Bling, Bitches & Blood
How do I respect CK? As much as I’d love to adopt or foster another cat, I respect that she wants to be an only cat. Her wishes and happiness come first. I also respect that she doesn’t cuddle and isn’t a lap cat. I’ve never tried to force her to sit on my lap or pick her up.
TW from Stunning Keisha
I respect Mudpie by being the most responsible cat mom I can be and fulfilling the promise I made to take care of her always. This includes providing toys for her physical and mental health, nutritious food, sunny windows and scratching areas to satisfy her natural instincts, and regular vet visits to guarantee a long and happy life.
Melissa Lapierre from Melissa’s Mochas, Mysteries & Meows
Respect: treating feral and community cats in a manner that shows that their lives matter. Provide TNR, food, and shelter along with rehoming those that prove adoptable.
Jeanne Kudich from Random Felines
How do I respect my cats? By making sure I give them the best possible care that includes nutritious foods, lots of toys to keep their minds and bodies active, comfy places to sleep (including in bed with me!) and regular vet visits to keep them healthy, though I’m sure they would like to skip the vet visits if they could.
Sue Grybel Doute from The Island Cats
We pay respect to our cats by doing all we can to help them become the very best cats they can be, through good nutrition, a physically and mentally stimulating environment, infinite patience, and love. Lots and lots of love.
Carole Cole from Colehaus Cats
People may think because I dress up my cats, that I don’t respect them as cats. Far from it, I respect them as individuals and I hope they know they are making a difference in the world! I know it!
Teri Thorsteinson from Coco the Couture Cat
Respect: Loving your cats for who they are. Claws, teeth, fur (or not) and all and letting them be what they are.
Alexandra-Deztinee High from Deziz World
Respect is meeting a cat where she is. Like my Tara, not every cat is going to adjust easily to a new home. Be patient, give your cat all the time she needs, and she’ll know you respect her. Then, when that first appearance happens, you’ll feel proud of your cat and yourself.
Janea Kelley from Paws and Effect
By paying attention to my cat’s general health, and noticing the slight changes that could show me something might be wrong. These changes may be small but if I know my cat well enough I should be able to recognise something is wrong.
Marjorie Dawson from Dash Kitten
I respect my cats by giving them their space when they want it. Plus, I value my life enough to know when they don’t wish to be bothered.
Leah Mastilock from Rascal and Rocco
How do you respect your cat? Please share in the comments below.