Many cat owners, and potential cat owners worry that keeping a cat indoors is unfair and will cause the animal to become unhappy.However, contrary to popular belief cats can live happy, healthy lives indoors when cared for properly. It is also not difficult to transition an outdoor cat into an indoor cat.
If you plan to keep your cat inside the house there are a few things you need to consider.
First, cats are curious, playful animals that need a lot of playtime and stimulation especially while they are young. It is a good idea to purchase cat toys, and dedicate a little time each day to playing with your cat. Cats also love to climb so some pet owners invest in cat towers and scratching posts. If you do not have the money for more expensive ‘cat homes’ a simple cardboard box can keep your kitty busy for hours.
Cats need regular access to food, water and of course a litter pan. Training your cat to use a litter pan may take a few tries, but overall it is not difficult. If you are brining a cat from the outdoors to your home try mixing a little dirt with their litter at first to entice them to use their litter box.
It is important to remember to brush your cat daily, especially if it has long hair. This will not only help keep the cat’s coat clean and shiny, but will cut down on loose pet hair in your home.
If you follow these tips and take the time to train, and play with your cat you both can have live happily together inside your home.
Written by ACHS imPRessions account associate: Merri Collins