How to Create a Cat-centric Living Space | Blog Post #33
With their lovable personality, domestic cats make great companion pets. Cohabiting with cats requires understanding how living spaces affect their adaptability. While busy in modern life, there is a need to build a co-living space that we can live soundly and harmoniously with our endearing felines. Like humans, cats rely on a familiar and safe habitat, which affects them deeply.
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Cats’ Thermo Temperament
Domestic cats’ thermoneutral zone typically ranges from 30°C to 38 °C, whereby in such an ambient temperature range, they can adapt and regulate their body temperatures naturally through regulating dry heat loss. Thermal discomfort is a common unpleasant experience for us, humans, too. While cats generally adapt better to a warmer ambience, we prefer a colder temperature to cool down in the tropical climate. While we have the technological means to adapt to warm or cold weather, cats are highly sensitive to surroundings and need to behaviourally thermoregulate.
Cats’ Explorative Nature
Cats are territorial when it comes to tangible surroundings, especially when they feel encroached. They are explorative by nature and thus tend to be curious about their surroundings and inch towards exploring physically. Possessing the natural instinct to hunt, they enjoy the process of probing the ground and its surrounding objects. The potential consequences? Spilling food and drinks and drool that stick onto the floor, which greets you unexpectedly and unpleasantly as you walk, or worse, their overzealous actions causing upheaval to the co-living home.
The Co-Living Environment
Microelements such as heated cat houses, insulated beddings, scratching posts and functional artefacts provide cats with comforting rest-spaces to behaviourally thermoregulate and encourage them with interactive play-spaces. On top of that, we also need to invest in macro elements such as floors, walls and lightings. A good balance between micro and macro elements helps them to adapt naturally in the long term. More importantly, how can we build a safe and lasting environment to coexist with our beloved cats? Here are a few Metallic Epoxy applications outlined with their recommended features that are worth considering.
Floor Sealant Layer
By creating an airtight and waterproof layer to prevent air and moisture from being trapped before the epoxy application begins, it seals the floor to remove cracks and pores. With pets around the house, it is even more important to clean floors regularly. Floor surfaces with lesser pores will trap less dirt and furs and prevent bacteria growth, making them easier to clean.
Gloss Anti-Slip Coating
This floor coating provides a fine balance between rough and gloss surfaces. Functionally, its relatively gritty texture provides cats and humans firm traction to prevent slips, as well as shielding against the impact of cat and human activities. Aesthetically, its polished finishing presents the colours and effects of its design well.
Highly Slip and Scratch Resistant
By bringing industrial-quality coating to residential use, epoxy coatings provide slip and scratch resistance to prevent cats from scrambling and rough-housing with their claws and paws. and minimize the impact of furniture moving or house renovations.
Highly Stain and Chemical Resistant
Domestic cats can be toilet-trained with minimum accidents when going number one or two. However, on occasions when accidents occur, you need a floor that is highly stain resistant to clean up the mess efficiently, as well as chemical resistant that will tolerate tough cleansers with high or concentrated levels of chemical contents. On the other hand, as cats have highly sensitive noses, you need to be careful in selecting a safe cleaning solvent.
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