There are many reasons that you might prefer to keep your cat indoors. Perhaps you live near a main road or the area is unsafe for free-roaming cats for another reason. Maybe your pet has a health condition that means they need to stay inside, or you might be worried about your cat killing birds or other small animals. Research has shown that indoor cats tend to live longer lives than cats who go outside, as they are kept safe from problems such as predation, traffic and disease. So if you’re thinking of keeping your cat indoors, here are some top tips for making sure they stay happy.
Keep them stimulated
Cats are naturally curious animals, with keen hunting instincts. To ensure that they are happy indoors, keeping them mentally stimulated is key. Luckily there are plenty of ways you can do this. Provide them with a range of toys to play with, such as battery-powered mice they can chase, toys on strings, laser pointers, catnip cushions, scratching posts, and feathered toys. These are a great way for your cat to work off excess energy, and prevent them from gaining weight. Another fantastic option is to get a cat tree, so your feline friend can indulge their climbing instincts and observe the world from up high.
Give them safe outdoor access if possible
Even indoor cats can enjoy some time outdoors. If you have a garden or other outside space, you can purchase a harness or lead and take your cat out safely for some fresh air. Some cats will even let you walk them! Another option is to build a special outdoor enclosure, or ‘catio’, where your furry friend can safely spend time enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of the natural world. Alternatively, you can bring the outdoors to them by planting some cat grass in pots that you can put around the house for your pet to graze on.
Look after their health
This is key for all cats, whether they are indoor or outdoor pets. Make sure you feed them good quality food from a company such as Diamond Pet, and always have fresh, clean water available so they stay hydrated. Some cats prefer drinking from a moving water source, such as a pet water fountain. Regular vet trips are also a must to stay up-to-date with vaccinations, flea and worming treatments, plus keep an eye on their overall health. Finally, always keep their litter trays clean and fresh.
Give them lots of love and attention
This one goes without saying! Most cats enjoy interacting with their humans, so be sure to spend time every day petting and stroking them. You should also brush your cat regularly to help the pair of you bond, and also keep their fur in top condition and reduce hairballs. Playing with your cat can also be a fun activity for both you and your pet, keeping them happy and entertained. Alternatively, consider adopting cats in pairs to ensure they always have a friend to play with.