Do you keep your feline friend inside? If so, that’s great. Kitties certainly enjoy rolling around in the driveway, leaving paw prints on cars, and bringing us ‘presents.’ That said, our furry little buddies are actually much safer inside, where they aren’t in danger from cars, weather, predators, and/or other hazards. However, indoor cats need lots of exercise and stimulation to stay happy. Fluffy will get quite bored with nothing to do but stare at the walls! A Rochester, NY vet discusses keeping an inside cat content in this article.
First things first: make sure Fluffy has lots of toys to practice her hunting skills on. Cats all have their own tastes, so give your feline buddy a variety and see what she likes best.
Bring the outdoors in by setting out some pet-safe plants for Fluffy to hide behind, sniff at, and nibble on. Many kitties love ‘ambushing’ their humans from behind a screen of green leaves. Check the ASPCA site here for suggestions.
Playing is not only fun for Fluffy, it also gives her a great workout. Plus, a fun play session will let your kitty burn off any angst and/or excess energy she has. Spend a few minutes a day holding a toy for your furry friend to chase.
Birdwatching ranks pretty high of the list of Fluffy’s favorite activities. Give your kitty a comfy spot in front of a window with a good view. Just make sure the window and screen lock, so your pet can’t fall out.
As you may have noticed, our feline pals are quite curious, and really enjoy exploring little nooks and crannies. Get your furball some cat furniture with enclosed spaces. Kitty tents and tipis and pet tunnels are great for this. Fluffy may also enjoy vertical space, such as a cat tower or catwalk.
When you leave your furball alone, keep a radio or TV on for her. The sounds will soothe her, and keep her from feeling lonely.
Although cats have a reputation for being cool and cunning, they are actually quite emotional, and get very attached to their humans. Pay attention to your cute pet, and make sure she feels loved and safe.
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