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Keeping Your Indoor Cat Happy

Does your feline friend stay indoors? If so, that’s wonderful. Cats are both healthier and safer living indoors, where they aren’t exposed to the dangers posed by cars, weather, predators, and other hazards. In this article, a Riverbend, ON vet discusses keeping an indoor cat purring.

Toys

Indoor cats don’t get as much stimulation as kitties who are allowed to roam. Make sure that Fluffy has lots of fun toys to push under the couch. Our feline pals all have their own unique tastes, so offer your furball a variety, and see what she prefers. Change your pet’s toys out regularly to keep things fun and fresh for her.

View

Fluffy can spend hours just sunbathing and watching birds and squirrels. Make your furry friend a comfy window seat with a good view, so she can birdwatch and daydream about hunting.

Activity

Cats are very active when they are kittens, but they slow down as they grow older. Keep Fluffy active by offering her lots of purrniture to climb and explore. Kitties love high places, so be sure to include at least a few things that offer some vertical space.

Kittyproofing

Never underestimate Fluffy’s ability to get into trouble! Remove or secure anything that could endanger your adorable pet. This includes toxic plants; medicine; chemicals; small or sharp objects; wires and cords; and plastic bags, wrappers, and ties. You’ll also want to make sure your doors, windows, and screens close securely.

Cat Garden

Who says indoor kitties can’t enjoy a taste of nature? Set out some pet-safe plants for Fluffy, so she can peek out at you from behind green leaves. Some good options are Boston ferns, Rubber tree plants, and Money tree plants. You’ll find a full list of suggestions at the ASPCA website here.

Kitty Comforts

Small touches can help keep Fluffy much more comfortable, especially when you are out. If you are leaving and won’t be home before dark, keep a light on for your furball. Turn a TV or radio on as well. That way, your feline buddy won’t be left by herself in a dark, quiet house. It’s also important to keep your climate control running, so your kitty doesn’t get too hot or cold.

Please do not hesitate to contact us, your Riverbend, ON pet hospital, for all of your cat’s veterinary care needs. We are happy to help!

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