Keeping Cats Indoors
It is becoming more common for cats to be kept entirely indoors. Indoor cats are protected from traffic accidents and injuries and diseases associated with fight wounds, their exposure to parasites such as fleas, ticks and ear mites is minimal and local wildlife is protected from predation. Cats that have pink noses and pale skin around their eyes and ears have a much lower risk of skin cancer if they are protected from the sun.
There are a number of things that you can do to keep your indoor cat happy.
Toys provide entertainment and exercise for your cat. There is a variety of cat toys available – from catnip-
Provide access to high places -
Cat play centres, that are a combination of scratching posts, platforms and hidey-
Scratching posts help stop your kitten from attacking your furniture. Start training your kitten as soon as you get her home – if she starts pawing or scratching furniture, place the scratching post in front of that piece of furniture straight away.
Feliway is a great product that consists of cat pheremones which can be sprayed around the environment to reduce stress levels (see FELIWAY information sheet).
Cats love sitting by a window and watching the world go by. If your window-
Provide 2 clean litter tray in an accessible but private place (the laundry or a garage is a good spot). Make sure faeces and wet litter are cleaned out at least once a day; clean the tray with hot water and replace the litter 3-
Bring the outdoors in. Cats that play outside eat grass, this provides extra fibre in their diet and helps them pass or bring up hair balls. Catnip, sage, parsley, wheatgrass and oat grass will all grow in an indoor planter box and give your cat something safe and palatable to chew on.
Raising two kittens together is a great idea if you have the space and money to look after two cats. This provides stimulation, social interaction and exercise when you are out.
An indoor cat is usually happier if he has a playmate.