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Keeping Your Cat Indoors

Has your cat been allowed to come and go as she pleases? If so, you may want to curb your feline friend’s outdoor privileges. Although Fluffy may really enjoy chasing mice and leaving pawprints on your car, she’ll be both safer and healthier living indoors. Read on as a Lansing, MI vet discusses keeping your kitty inside.

Dangers of Going Outdoors

Although your feline buddy may think of herself as a ferocious predator, she’s actually very small and vulnerable. As soon as Fluffy sets paw outside, she faces some very serious dangers, such as cars, weather, predators, and other kitties. Cats that go outdoors are also more likely to pick up parasites, and face much higher risks of getting lost, injured, or even killed.

Keeping Kitty In

If your pet has been allowed outdoor access before, you may have a hard time getting her to accept the indoor life. Unfortunately, you probably won’t have much luck simply telling your adventurous little furball that she’s better off staying inside. Therefore, you’ll probably need to trick or bribe Fluffy to get her to stay in. The first thing you’ll want to do is make your furry pal a little wary of the door. Whenever Fluffy sniffs around the entrance, squirt her with water or make a loud noise. These things will startle your kitty, but they won’t hurt her. Hopefully, after a few incidents, your cat will start reconsidering the advantages of going outdoors.

Purr Activation

The best way to get Fluffy to accept being an indoor pet is to make living inside as fun and exciting for her as possible. Offer her a variety of toys, and take time to play with her daily. Get your furry friend some furniture that encourages her to jump and climb, such as a cat tower or wall-mounted kitty furniture. You can also give your furball a little taste of nature by setting out a kitty garden. If you really want to go all out, you can even turn a sunroom or patio into a catio by adding kitty furniture and pet-safe plants. (Tip: check the ASPCA website for suggestions.) Last but not least, make sure Fluffy has a comfy window seat with a good view.

Do you have questions or concerns about your cat’s health or care? Contact us, your local Lansing, MI animal clinic, today. We’re here to help!

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