i’ve written here before about how important i feel it is to take time out from your day – in whataver way you want, to relax, have fun, or generally take a little time to do some forward planning to save from future stress. some days we can all be good at it, and other times you feel like you’re non stop busy from the moment you wake. it’s good to keep yourself occupied and to feel like you have some purpose in life, but what is the point if you don’t take a little time to enjoy yourself, or to just relax for a bit?
well, a thing that is very very special in my life, and is actually a core part of keeping me calm and helping me to take a few minutes here and there to just ‘be’ is my lovely, cheeky little cat, ava. since being a kitten she has been an energetic and mischievous little thing, and now that she’s 6, she’s still the same …but definitely a bit more chill.
as anybody that has a cat (or any pet) knows, they can definitely have a calming presence and help you to feel a little less stressed in times of worry. it’s also important to take time with your cat or kitten to make sure it’s happy, well fed ..and of course a bit pampered. it helps them, but it helps us too!
one of my favourite things to do in the evenings is to sit on the sofa with a comfy blanket, ava curled up and purring next to me (she prefers to sit on my boyfriends’ lap – i think he’s just warmer?) with some snacks and watching a good film. and one of my all-time favourite things to do is stroke her soft ears or to touch her little toe beans when she’s asleep. just thinking about it is making me smile!
whiskas have made this adorable video as part of their ‘kitten kollege’ series, encouraging you to get playing with your cats, keeping them entertained and encouraging their curiosity. i could definitely imagine ava taking part when she was a kitten! we often like to imagine her in various situations – like being an avid explorer, or a film director or even just a gardener in the allotments behind our house. she loves it out there! she’d definitely be good in a sports team too, she could run for britain!
as is probably obvious, your cat wouldn’t be able to do anything without a good source of food. whiskas is actually the main brand of food ava has eaten since she was a tiny little thing. now she’s 6 (my goodness, how?!) she no longer eats kitten food but is especially keen on their dry crunchies and temptations treats!
as she’s gotten older, we’ve also discovered she no longer likes fish and isn’t keen on jellied wet foods. give her something with beef or chicken in gravy or ‘soup’ though? she will eat that like it’s going to disappear into nothingness at any moment. i think it’s a good idea to keep an eye on their eating habits so you can keep them happy. she’s definitely more keen to play and to keep herself entertained outside when she’s eaten well.
i would love to hear about the things you do to treat your cats ..their favourite toys and places to hide and sleep. i am particularly partial to funny cat stories, so get sharing (pictures encouraged obviously)!
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