Keeping an Indoor Cat Happy

Does your kitty stay indoors? If so, that’s great! Cats may enjoy exploring the Great Outdoors, but they really are much safer staying inside. Read on as a Michigan City, IN vet discusses keeping an indoor kitty purring.

Toys

Did you know that cats can get bored, depressed, and lonely? Make sure your home is fun and interesting for Fluffy. Set out lots of toys, and take time to play with her every day. This will be fun for both of you!

Stimulation

Our feline pals absolutely love watching birds and squirrels. Put a comfy window seat up in a spot with a good view. Your furball may spend hours relaxing and spying on local wildlife!

Beds

We all know what Fluffy’s favorite pastime is: sleeping! Offer your drowsy pet several comfy napping spots.

Manicure Station

The need to scratch is a deep-rooted instinct in our feline buddies. Make sure Fluffy has a suitable peticure station.

Vertical Space

Kitties don’t really have a great view from floor level. This is one reason they love to jump on tables and countertops. Give Fluffy some vertical space, so she can look down on her domain with that adorable smug happy cat face. Cat towers are great for this! Kitty shelves and catwalks are also good options.

A Taste of Nature

Cats are much safer indoors. However, Fluffy will enjoy nibbling on plants, and peeking out at you from behind green leaves. Set out some pet-safe plants for your furball, so she can pretend she’s a ferocious predator in the wild. Check the ASPCA site for options.

Basic Comforts

Keep Fluffy purring by leaving your climate control on when you aren’t at home. If you’re going to be out after dark, turn a light on for her as well. No one likes sitting alone in a dark house! Your furry buddy may also appreciate you leaving a TV or radio on for background noise.

Safety

Never underestimate Fluffy’s ability to get herself into trouble. Make your home safe for your kitty by removing or securing any potentially-dangerous items. This includes toxic plants; small or sharp objects; plastic bags, wrappers, and ties; ropes and cords; chemicals; medications; and other unsafe objects. Ask your vet for more information.

Do you have questions about cat care? Call us, your local Michigan City, IN pet hospital, today. We’re here to help!

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