Caring for an Indoor Cat

Caring for an Indoor Cat

Do you keep your feline friend inside? If so, that’s great! Kitties are always much safer living indoors, where they are safe from cars, weather, and other hazards. Here, a local Fox Chapel, PA vet discusses caring for an indoor cat.

Offer Lots Of Entertainment

We know, Fluffy spends a rather ridiculous amount of time sleeping. However, you’ll still need to give your pet entertainment options for when she’s actually awake. Offer your furball a variety of toys. Classic options, like catnip mice, are fine, but you can also give your cat more modern playthings, like remote-controlled mice, catnip bubbles, or automated laser pointers.

Bring The Outdoors In

There’s no reason your feline pal can’t enjoy the occasional taste of nature. Set out some pet-safe plants for her to nibble on. Fluffy will also enjoy a comfy window seat, where she can watch birds, squirrels, and pedestrians. Just make sure your window closes securely!

Keep Kitty Comfy

Small touches can go a long way in keeping your cute pet comfy. Set out cozy beds for Fluffy. If you won’t be home before dark, leave a light on for her, as well as a radio or TV. That way, your kitty won’t be left sitting alone in a dark, quiet apartment.

Offer Vertical Space

If you don’t have a lot of room, get Fluffy a cat tower and/or some kitty shelves. This will give your furry buddy more places to explore without taking up a lot of floor space.

Petproof

Never underestimate Fluffy’s capacity for mischief! Make your home safe by doing some basic petproofing. Remove or secure anything that could be dangerous, such as toxic plants, plastic bags and ties, wires and cords, chemicals, medications, and anything small or sharp.

Litterbox Camouflage

Fluffy’s powder room doesn’t make a very attractive centerpiece, and can be a bit of an eyesore in a small space. Get a folding screen, and put it up kitty-corner, with the litterbox behind that. You can also repurpose an end table and turn it into an attractive litterbox holder.

Don’t Skip Veterinary Care

Although an indoor cat may not need to visit us as often as an outdoor kitty would, Fluffy will still need regular veterinary care. Follow your vet’s recommendations.

Please contact us here at River Valley Veterinary Hospital, serving the Fox Chapel, PA area, anytime. We are here to help!

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