Did you know cats can benefit from routine? It doesn’t seem possible; cats do what they
like, right? Well, we’ve got a little news for you. Cats actually thrive on routine!
WHY ROUTINE IS GOOD FOR CATS
Cats are in fact creatures of habit and they do well when there’s a routine for them in place.
You might not know what your cat is up to each day, but your furry feline has a pattern
they stick to. This makes sense because they are essentially territorial. So, a household
routine that works with your schedule can guide your cat and help him or her feel safe and
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN ROUTINE IS DISRUPTED?
It has been found that disruption of routine can actually cause physical
health problems. A study ( funded by the National Institutes of Health) at
the Ohio State University studied 32 cats to explore the effects of stress. 12
Cats were healthy; 12 had feline interstitial cystitis (FIC) which affects the
bladder and urinary tract in terms of usually painful inflammation. When
either their daily routine or environment was altered, the healthy cats fell
ill 1.9 times a week while the other cats got sick twice a week. Once the
stress was eliminated, health levels became normal again. This finding is
A routine needs to be in place and you need to stick to it to keep your cat healthy, happy
and stress-free. It’s all about consistency; a system you both can rely on.
However, life happens and sometimes you need to make changes to adapt. In this case, try
to introduce any new developments bit by bit. What seems like a small change for me and
you (going on vacation; entertaining house guests) might come as shock to your cat.