Keeping Your Cat Indoors

Did you know that keeping your cat indoors is one of the best things you can do for her? We know, cats really enjoy fun outdoor activities, like leaving paw prints on your car and dropping dead mice on your doorstep, but Fluffy will be much safer staying inside. Read on as a Greensboro, NC veterinarian discusses keeping your cat indoors.

Keeping Kitty Safe

Cats that are allowed to go outdoors face many serious dangers, including predators, weather, cars, chemicals, and other kitties. They’re also much more likely to pick up dangerous parasites, or to get lost, hurt, or even killed! (Of course, if you tell your feline buddy this, she’ll probably only yawn at you, but that’s just to be expected.)

Telling Fluffy

If your cat has been allowed to go outdoors in the past, she may not be happy with the new rules. You may find your furball sniffing around the door, hoping to slip out when it opens. To break that habit, you’ll want to make Fluffy form bad associations with the door. Try squirting her with water. Making a loud noise can also help.

The Indoor Life

In order to keep your feline overlord content and purring, you’ll need to make the indoor life comfy and fun for her. Fortunately, this isn’t very difficult. Provide your furball with plenty of soft beds, and give her lots of fun toys. Your furry little hunter will also enjoy having a comfy window seat with a good view, so she can watch birds and squirrels and daydream about hunting. A scratching post and cat tower will also be beneficial.

Kitty Garden

Your adventurous pet may really appreciate being able to experience a little taste of the outside. Set out lots of non-toxic plants, so that Fluffy can peek out through the leaves and occasionally pounce on your foot as you walk past. Catnip and cat grass are of course the obvious choices, but there are many other good options, such as Money Tree plants, Moth orchids, Spider plants, Cast Iron plants, and African violets. Many types of palms, including Ponytail palms and Areca palms, are also safe for our feline friends. You can find more non-toxic plants online at the ASPCA website.

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

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