Top tips for keeping your indoor cat healthy and happy
When it comes to living with cats, there are two different areas of thought. Some owners are very happy to let their animals roam as they please during the day, enjoying their company when they return home to eat, sleep or see their human family. However, just as many owners would prefer to keep their kitty safe indoors and for good reason. The world can be a dangerous place for any animal, including even the most streetwise feline.
Nevertheless, if your cat is an indoor cat, you may feel concerned about his ability to be happy and healthy when confined to your property. Fortunately, there are lots of things that you can do to ensure that your feline friend has a very fulfilling indoor life. Here are our top tips for keeping your indoor cat healthy and happy.
Create a safe, personal space for your kitty
This is especially important if you have more than one cat since felines can get a little territorial over their space. Ensure that your furbaby has its litter box, feeding bowl/area, scratching post (since they mark this with their scent) and bed.
Get your cat a friend
Whilst not all cats like having other animals in their home, some cats enjoy having a companion who they can play with and even just chill out with. Just remember, if you do opt for a second cat – adopt don’t shop!
Provide climbing fun
Cats are natural climbers and it can be tricky for an indoor cat to overcome this instinct. Cat trees are a great way of letting your furbaby get it out of their system whilst also providing an important form of exercise and stimulating their brain – both of which are essential for happy and healthy cats. You can buy a pre-made cat tree from a pet supplier, or even make your own using shelves, boxes, baskets and more.
The right nutrition
There is no getting away from the fact that what your pet puts into their body in the way of food will have a big impact on their health and wellbeing. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to the correct nutrition for an animal, and we recommend that you seek a veterinary nutritional counseling appointment to determine which diet would best support your cat’s health. It is also important to note that this will likely change as your pet ages or if they experience any health issues.
Get your cat spayed/neutered
Spaying/neutering may only seem necessary if your cat is going to come into contact with felines of the opposite sex, but the procedure also has an array of health and behavioral benefits. For example, females who are spayed can no longer develop uterine infections and cancer, and males are unable to develop testicular cancer. The desire to roam, spray and yowl is also hugely reduced. Your vet will be happy to discuss the full benefits of spaying/neutering your cat with you.
Sometimes we have things in our home that can be just as dangerous to our pets as things that are outside. Have a quick look around the room you are in. What do you see that could potentially be dangerous for your inquisitive cat? Unattended candles or hot drinks? Small toys that they could choke on? Did medicine leave out on the table? Many vets recommend that you hazard-proof for your pet in the same way that you would for a toddler!
By taking care of your cat’s nutritional and exercise needs and enriching their life with plenty of stimulation and interaction each day, there is no reason your kitty can’t live a very healthy and happy life.