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Keeping an Indoor Cat Happy
March 1, 2018

Do you keep your kitty indoors? If so, that’s great! Cats are both safer and healthier staying indoors, where they aren’t exposed to the dangers posed by cars, weather, wild animals, and other hazards. However, your feline pal will still need activity, entertainment, and stimulation to stay happy. Even the laziest cat can’t sleep all the time! Read on as a Fayetteville, NC vet offers some tips on keeping an indoor cat content.

Toys

Playing isn’t just fun for Fluffy: it’s actually very good for her. Pouncing, jumping, and running all help keep your pet in good shape. Playtime also offers your feline friend beneficial mental stimulation. Cats have to concentrate to nail those tricky wiggle/pounce/jump combinations! Make sure your kitty has a variety of fun playthings, and take time to play with her regularly.

Kitty Furniture

Cats don’t mind ‘borrowing’ our sofas, chairs, and beds, but they really benefit from having things made just to suit their needs. Cat towers are great, as they provide napping spots, scratching posts, jungle gyms, and lookouts, all in one. Your kitty will also appreciate comfy beds and a pet tent or tipi.

Window View

Birdwatching is one of Fluffy’s favorite pastimes, and can keep her entertained for hours. Make your kitty a comfy window seat before a window with a good view.

Pet-Safe Plants

Who says indoor cats can’t get a taste of the Great Outdoors? Set out some pet-safe plants for your feline buddy to nibble on. This will also give your cat a great place to hide when she wants to run out in front of you! Check the ASPCA website for a list of safe options.

Veterinary Care

Even if Fluffy stays indoors, she’ll still need regular veterinary care. Keeping up with your kitty’s exams, vaccinations, and parasite control is very important! Most adult cats should come in at least once a year. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Comforts

Small touches can really help keep your furry buddy content. Leave a TV or radio on for your cat when you leave her home alone, and keep your climate control running. If you won’t be home before nightfall, leave a light on for Fluffy, so she isn’t left alone in a dark house.

Please contact us, your local Fayetteville, NC pet clinic, for all your cat’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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