Have you ever wondered if your cat is truly happy as an indoor cat while they gaze out the window & chirp at birds? Make sure you’re fulfilling all their feline needs with these tips!
Going outside is not a requirement for feline happiness. Sure, it’s great if you have a safe private area and can take your cat out for some fresh air every so often (on a harness of course and never left unattended) but if this is not possible, you can still keep them happy and healthy indoors!
Satisfy their stalking instinct
Keep your cat stimulated with a variety of toys especially when nobody is home! Get an inexpensive pet camera that links to your phone and see how much exercise they’ll get while you’re out of the house! You can relax while out of the house knowing that your cat is safe and happy (and probably passed out after playing for an hour)! Kittens who are kept indoors are usually happy to stay there as they grow up.
Give them some space of their own
Cat trees, shelves, and window perches provide your cat their own secure space to climb, play, or just lay and watch the birds! It’s important to give your cat their own areas to play as well as rest. Plus, giving them some vertical space or space on a wall will free up your floor space! Throw some catnip on some cat furniture and watch the furry feline unleash it’s inner tiger!
Bring some of the outdoors in
Plant cat grass (available from pet supply stores) in indoor pots so your feline can graze as they please! It’s always a good idea to do some research before bringing any other plants into your home since many common household plants can be dangerous to pets. Cat grass and catnip are always a good idea though!
2 is always better than 1
While toys and cat furniture will keep your furry friend busy for a while, a friend will keep them entertained for life and is most important while they’re still developing as kittens. Not ready to commit to another cat? Reach out to local shelters and see if anyone needs a foster! Many cats are in need of temporary foster homes at all times and the commitment could range in time from just a few days to a few months! Who knows, maybe they’ll become a foster fail! Two cats often end up being the same amount of work as one since they keep each other entertained and will often use the same litter box and eat the same food!
Even if you do keep your cat indoors, consider having your cat micro chipped and keep your contact information with the microchip registry up to date. The occasional open window (even with a screen) or door offers a tempting opportunity for your cat if they see a bird or become frightened. A collar and visible ID are always a good idea as well! If you do lose your cat, contact your local animal shelter immediately to file a report. Shelter workers can give you tips on getting your pet back home safely.