Tips For Keeping Your Indoor Cat Happy

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Tips For Keeping Your Indoor Cat Happy

As it becomes increasingly popular to keep cats indoors, more and more owners are looking for ways to ensure that their felines have fun when they’re home alone. Here are a few suggestions for keeping them entertained (but remember, even the best set-up can’t compete with your attention, so make sure you set aside time to spend with your kitty!)

Freedom to roam

Being able to wander is a basic need for cats so if you’ve decided to keep your cat inside, try to maximise the space she has to explore. You can make it more interesting by adding interactive cat furniture, such as cat trees and cat towers.

Climbing space

Cats love to survey their kingdom from above, so allowing yours access to a windowsill will be appreciated. Clear off surfaces that she can leap up onto so that she can be high up without breaking things and again, tall cat furniture can help.

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Plenty is best

Cats are easily stressed by inadequate facilities; you should have one litter tray per cat plus one spare, and more than enough beds and scratching surfaces for the number of cats in the house. They don’t all like to share!

Scratching surfaces

Cats are infamous furniture destroyers but there are ways to divert their scratching needs away from your best armchair. Scratching posts, doormats and even corrugated cardboard are appealing to most, especially if you apply catnip. The more vertical and horizontal surfaces there are for her to scratch, the better your chances are of saving your sofa!

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Live entertainment

By making sure that your cat has access to a window, you are providing her with a 24-hour show. Keep a bird feeder outside near the window so that she can watch the nature channel all day long (without getting her claws on the creatures!)

Boxes and bags

It’s no secret that cats love to hide in packaging – cardboard boxes and paper bags (with no handles), especially with added cat-sized holes, make for hours of fun.

 

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Keep it fresh

Bringing in new scents from the outside world can make every day exciting; grass, leaves and feathers are all interesting to investigate (just make sure anything you bring in is safe if she decides to taste it!)

Drinking spots

Cats like running water the most (hence their love of taps) but if you haven’t got a cat fountain then the next best thing is a bowlful that resembles a puddle – wide, shallow and filled to the brim.

Treasure hunts

Hide bits of her daily food allowance around the house to encourage her to work for her meals. Use puzzle toys for extra fun but avoid adding too many extra treats to her diet as obesity is always a risk.

Dangling amusements

Hang mobiles, wind catchers and sun catchers up and out of reach so that she can watch them to her heart’s content.

Tons of toys

Rotate the toys that you leave out for your cat to keep things exciting. A ping pong ball in a dry bath can be chased for hours, and a cork makes an interesting substitute for a toy mouse. The possibilities are endless!

 

Dr Alex Hynes
Dr Alex Hynes
I am an owner and director of Animal Emergency Service in Brisbane Australia. We are a specialised veterinary hospital which was developed to provide urgent medical attention to pets and other animals regardless of the time of day. Our experienced team of veterinarians and nurses continuously train in the field of emergency and critical care in order to provide immediate, first class veterinary care.

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