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Keeping an Indoor Cat Happy

Do you keep your feline pal indoors? Good for you! Cats are much safer living inside, where they are protected from weather, cars, predators, and other hazards. However, your pet won’t get as much stimulation or exercise as an outdoor kitty, so you’ll need to take steps to keep her active, entertained, and happy. Read on as a Greensboro, NC vet discusses keeping an indoor cat purring.

Toys

Making sure Fluffy has plenty of toys is very important! Playing will help keep your pet in shape physically, and is also great at beating kitty boredom. Cats all have their own purrsonal preferences as far as playthings, so offer your feline friend a variety, and see what she likes best. Change your furball’s toys out regularly to keep things fun and fresh for her.

Window View

Cats can get quite bored with nothing to do but stare at the walls. Make sure your kitty has at least one comfy window seat with a good view. If you can, put a birdfeeder up in Fluffy’s line of vision to make things even more fun for her.

Kitty Garden

Want to give your cat a taste of nature? Set out some pet-safe plants for her to nibble on and hide behind. Don’t be surprised if you find your furball peeking out at you from behind green leaves! Check the ASPCA website for a full list of nontoxic plants.

Vertical Space

Cats love high places! Offer your feline friend some vertical space by getting her kitty shelves or a cat tower. This is especially important if you don’t have a lot of room.

Small Comforts

Always keep your kitty’s comfort and safety in mind. For instance, if you won’t be home before night, keep a light on, so Fluffy isn’t left sitting alone in the dark. Also, leave your climate control running, so your cat doesn’t get too hot or cold.

Veterinary Care

Indoor cats need veterinary care, too! We recommend that all cats be spayed or neutered, microchipped, and kept current on their vaccinations and parasite control products. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule.

Love

Pay lots of attention to your kitty! Talk to Fluffy, pet her, and let her snuggle up with you.

Please contact us, your local Greensboro, NC pet hospital, for all of your cat’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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