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What Indoor Cats Need to be Happy

| July 24, 2017

A cat is a cute, playful and curious pet. Being cute and playful is lovely but the curiosity can be a challenge at times. This curiosity can make it hard to take care of them considering that these feline creatures are natural hunters. Keeping them indoors without appropriate care can make them unhappy and bored. To keep them happy and healthy involves understanding their needs and seeking ways to meet them. This article will give further insight on how to keep an indoor cat happy.

Add cat toys

Cats are playful creatures. Provide them with various entertaining toys that they can play with. They will stalk, chase, and pounce on them. Different toys will serve different purposes such as chasing, battling around, hiding inside or simply interactive play. Add catnip to some of these toys as cats find this herb enjoyable. Catnip also makes the play more indulging. Interactive toys are particularly highly recommended. These toys include laser pointers that have a light spot for the cat to chase or a flexible rod with lines that have furry or feathery ends.

Keep more than one cat.

Keeping more than one cat is an amazing way of keeping an indoors cat happy. He/she will find mates to play with. The cats will be occupied as they chase and wrestle with each other. Indoors life will be fun for a cat with mates. They will be happy together.

Design a special place for the cat

Create a special spot specifically for the cat in the house. It could be an elevated perch or just a crate. Make it a convenient resting area where he/she can have some privacy. This will make the cat feel more secure and safe. Ensure that there is food, water, a bed, a scratching post and a litter box. Separate the litter box from the cat’s feeding area. Keep the litter box in a quiet and well -lit area. Remember that a cat is a neat freak, so keep the litter box clean and neat. You could get an automatic litter box. This litter box is designed in a way that it cleans itself and reduces bad odor. It will even let you know when it’s time to empty the waste.

Feed your cat appropriately.

Cats should be fed depending on their size and how active they are. Typically, they are feed two meals a day. It is better to seek a vet’s opinion on how to feed yours. Do not overfeed them. This may lead to them being overweight. Human food such as onions, garlic, certain nuts, and chocolate are harmful to cats. Provide them with plenty of fresh water all day long.

Indoor climbing systems

Naturally, cats love climbing. Provide your cat with great climbing opportunities. Set up cat trees mounted floor to ceiling, wrapped with sisal ropes and studded platforms for perching. This vertical space fulfills the cat’s natural interest in heights. Locate these climbing platforms next to the window for a view of the outside.

Provide room with views

Cats love sights that are appealing to them. You can achieve this by putting a bird feeder or birdbath near a window. A variety of birds will engage the cat’s interest. Make sure the cat has an excellent view. Install shelves to enhance the outside view. Adding this visual stimulation will please your cat.

Provide scratching surfaces

Scratching is a natural and important behavior for cats.Provide your cats with places that they can scratch. This can be cat trees and posts, cardboard scratching boxes and cat tracks. Scratching helps a cat to remove broken claws and stretch muscles which are healthy for them.

Spend time with your cat

Show your cat love and attention. This keeps them happy and contented as they are affectionate creatures. There are a number of things you could do together such as playing, grooming or taking a walk.

Plant a cat’s garden

Cats enjoy chewing grass. This grass can be planted in small pots for indoor cats. Wheat grass, alfalfa, and oat grass are healthy snacks and a way of keeping them happy.

Screened porch

Provide an outside enclosure. This is a screened porch accessible through a pet door or window. Your cat can experience the outdoors safely. It can be furnished with tree limbs, perching platform, and toys to keep the cat entertained.

Keep the cat fitted with a collar and visible identification.  Make your yard cat proof by making sure there no toxic plants, escape routes, garden chemicals, and dangerous objects. This is a good idea as the sly pet might find a way of sneaking out of the house without your knowledge.

 

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