We all love buying fluffy accessories for our furry pets, and while a blanket may not be the first thing that you think about when you are getting ready for the arrival of a new cat, it’s one that can make a big difference to her. If you’ve had a cat before, or if you’ve been living with one for a while, you know how much they like cuddling up in a blanket. And if you are about to bring your first cat home, then it should be on the list of things to buy for your new kitten.
The thing is, even if you don’t buy a blanket especially for the cat, they will most likely find one (or find something to use as a blanket), and consider it their own. So, your best bet is to invest in a piece that she will cuddle in and love for a long time.
Add a Blanket to Your List of Cat Accessories
There are many reasons why cats love blankets, and most of them are quite obvious: they provide them with a feeling of security and safety, comfort and warmth. Cats enjoy curling up in their blankets, taking a nap in them, hiding in them, playing with them and kneading them. But even without any logical explanations, it’s obvious that cats love their blankets. Maybe simply because they are soft, maybe because they keep them warm, or because they can hide in them as they would in a box – at the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter – as long as they are happy.
But regardless of all that, blankets are one of the basic cat accessories. You can buy one especially for your cat, you can give them an old one, or the cat can simply find something and adopt it. However, one of the many reasons to buy a cute soft cat blanket for your furry pet is to give them one that’s just theirs. You can find one with a nice cat design to match your other cat-themed accessories.
Blankets Best Suited for Cats
Having their own stuff makes pets really happy because it means that they can enjoy them as much as they want. It will also protect your blankets from loose fur, damages from scratching etc. Cats aren’t likely to refuse anything so they can use as a blanket your scarves, sweaters, any type of blanket, etc. And, they’ll love it no matter what, however, there are blankets that are far more suitable for them.
The easiest way to find an appropriate one is to look for a cat blanket in a pet store. Pat blankets for cats should be soft, made from soft fabric such as plush, wool, fleece, microfiber, etc. They should be safe, without any trinkets, and without holes, because your cat will widen them and end up tearing the blanket. Furthermore, smaller blankets are a safer option, because it’s less like for a cat to get tangled and trapped in it.
Let your cat have their blanket always close to them, so they can use it whenever they want to, and if you ever need to throw it away and give them a new one, you should let them use both blankets for a while. This way your cat can get used to the new blanket.
A Cat Accessory Designed for Happiness
Soft blankets remind cats of their mothers when they were kittens, which is why they feel so comfortable sleeping in them. That’s why cats knead their blankets. Kittens knead instinctively when they still nurse, to milk them. While some claim that felines knead to sharpen their claws, the truth is that even when they grow up, they still remember this instinct and they do it with their nice soft cat beds, their blankets, their human companions etc., because it relaxes them, reminding them of when they were babies, feeling happy, comfortable and secure with their mothers.
The objects your cat kneads become marked, because they release pheromones from glands in their paws, so that’s another reason why they may be kneading their favourite blanket. When it comes to sharpening their claws, all cats also do it, and they may be different things, such as your furniture, scratching the fabrics of the sofa for example. To avoid that, you should buy a scratching post as soon as you decide to bring a cat home.
So, your cat’s blanket will carry its scent, reminding him of safety and home. Because of that, this great cat accessory can help you to calm your pet down if they are in a stressful situation, like going out of their home. So, for instance, if you need to take them to the bet, grab their favourite blanket and wrap them in it. You could also take it with you if you are travelling with your pet. Cat blankets and beddings are furthermore great for helping your furry friend to get used to a new place if you move.
Note: If your cat starts biting their blanket or some other item, it may be a sign of something more serious, like a disease, like a brain tumour or leukaemia, some dietary deficiency, boredom, stress, etc.