You know the dangers of letting your cat outside (like cars and predators – whether animal or human), but do you worry that an indoor cat can never truly be happy? Luckily, there are plenty of things you can do to keep your cat happy and healthy living life indoors. Here are 7 tips for keeping your kitty happy indoors.
#1 – Start Young:
Kittens who start their life in an indoor lap of luxury are usually quite content to stay there rather go and face the unknown world outside. It can be more difficult to keep a cat inside that’s used to live outside.
#2 – Take Them for Walks:
If you live in a safe neighborhood, where loose dogs or people are unlikely to snatch or attack your cat, you can train them to walk on a leash like a dog. This way, they can safely explore outside without danger.
#3 – Provide Safe Spaces Outdoors:
Whether it’s a screened porch, a “catio,” a cat-proofed backyard while under supervision, or a tether near where you are currently gardening, there are many cat-safe options for letting your cat get a taste of the outdoors if you feel you need to provide some outside time.
#4 – Bring the Outdoors Inside:
Cat trees give your kitty the chance to explore vertical heights in a way that simulates climbing a tree outside, which is great exercise. They can also provide great perches for looking out your windows. Cat grass can give your kitty a taste of the outdoors – literally!
#5 – Clean the Litter Box(es) Frequently:
Cats can be neat freaks, and many insist on having a clean litter box. If you don’t want them wishing they could leave their deposits outdoors, you may need to scoop the litter box several times a day. However, if you’re too busy and cannot keep the litter box spotless, you can buy a self-cleaning litter box. The best available option is the Litter Robot Open Air III from Cat Evolution.
#6 – Keep Them ID’d:
Accidents happen, and you never know when your cat might sneak out an open door or window. All cats should have a cat-specific collar with a current ID tag on it with their name, and your contact number. Update your address on their microchip records, as that can also mean the difference between getting your cat back quickly or having them languishing in a shelter.
#7 – Provide Plenty of Toys:
You should actively play with your cat every day with wand toys and other interactive toys, as your cat loves to chase and hunt, especially with you. They should also have constant access to toys they can play with when you are not around or are just busy, such as catnip toys, fake mice, or hanging toys. Don’t forget the scratch pads to keep your furniture safe.