Do you own an indoor cat? Windows are a main attraction for felines because outside is alive. Because cats are predators, many people think that they are safe in the big outdoors. Nothing could be further from the truth. Cats are vulnerable to rabid wildlife, vicious unsupervised pets, cats infected with diseases like FIV, poison, automobiles, and many other unforeseeable dangers. Your cat can be healthier and happier while living indoors.
Cats are ultimate carnivores. Their bodies are designed to process and utilize nutrients obtained from animal tissue. Since feeding your indoor cat raw or undercooked meat can be time-consuming and dangerous to your cat’s health, feeding it moist canned food is a good way to ensure that it gets the high protein nutrition that it needs. This food consistency also provides sufficient water to its diet, is available in a wide variety of flavors, and stores well. Other types of food start to lose nutritional value after they have been opened.
Ingredients of your cat’s food are listed on the label in decreasing proportional weight. The first ingredient is the most present, then the second is next most present, and so on. Meat, fish, and meat by-products should be listed as three of the first four ingredients. Many brands offer a formula that is made specifically for indoor cats.
Treats may be given sparingly for training purposes or occasional rewards. Dairy is not a good idea, and you should shop for your cat’s treats the same way you shop for its food.
Having an indoor cat means assigning designated areas. Keep daily-cleaned dishes well removed from the litter area, and both spaces should be established in low-traffic areas. Be mindful that unwanted behavior, like scratching that armchair to pieces, must be redirected to acceptable behavior, like scratching designated scratching posts.
You should also be mindful to what you subject your cat on a daily basis. Music may be too loud and air fresheners and incense may be too strong. If you smoke, so does your cat. Make sure that it has at least one place to call its own, away from the madding human crowd. Your cat needs space of its own to truly relax without fear of being startled or disturbed. At these times, don’t seek out your cat. It will come to you when it wants to interact, and will be more responsive to you.
Exercise and Activity
Cat condos, ramps, and toys should be made available to your indoor cat, especially when you cannot interact with it. They have bursts of energy that need to be drained, and miniature obstacle courses help them to run their paces.
A screened porch or other enclosure is ideal for your cat to experience nature first paw. The key to outdoor play is control. Your cat may be willing to be walked, but you can also sit and enjoy some time outside while your cat explores its boundaries on a leash and harness (never a collar and leash). If your kitty is untethered in an enclosed yard, then make sure that fencing is solid and can’t be jumped or climbed.
Though indoors may be more ideal than outdoors, it is not a magic barrier. Cats still need flea control, identifying tags and collar, annual vaccinations, and regular visits to the doctor.