How to keep cats safe and happy at home
Cats are great pets to have, they can be seen as cute and fluffy, however, if you look deeper then you will see a hunter, a predator, an animal that likes to explore and play. Whilst many cats are able to have some outdoor space to call their own, this isn’t always possible for all cats. Owners of indoor cats may be concerned about their local area not being safe and some may just want to stop their cat from carrying out their natural hunting instincts and bringing in a whole host of prey.
Many owners worry that a fully indoor cat isn’t going to be as happy as one that has the chance to be outside, however, this isn’t always the case. In fact, if you tackle it in the right way, then you can find that your indoor cat is just as happy as your outdoor cat, as well as being a whole lot safer too.
So, how do you make sure that your cat is happy and safe whilst they are indoors?
Keeping an indoor cat happy
The trick to keeping an indoor cat happy is to make sure that they are entertained. If you keep a cat indoors, with nothing for them to do, then you are likely to find that in no time at all they are driving you mad and wrecking your home and furniture.
This means that you need to invest in some toys that are going to keep their attention. Whilst lots of these can come in the form of smaller toys, you may also find that they need larger toys that will keep them active too. If you are short on space, then there are a variety of larger cat toys that take advantage of vertical space. A climbing tree or a cat condo, will both help to keep them active and entertained.
You can also place perches and resting spots near to the windows in your home, which will allow them to look at the wildlife outside whilst they relax.
Of course, if you are really concerned that your cat isn’t getting any fresh air at all, then you can consider building them an outside enclosure. This means that they can be outside in the fresh air, but you are not going to be worried that they are getting themselves into any scrapes or dangerous situations whilst they are outside.
Keeping an indoor cat safe
Whilst cats are significantly safer indoors, there are still some risks that you need to keep in mind. You will need to ensure that washing machines and tumble driers are closed so that they don’t try to sleep in them, and that your toilet lid is also down in case they fall in. There are also a number of household products that can be dangerous to your cat, which means that you should be able to securely shut any cupboards that have them in.
You also need to think about the houseplants that you have, as these can be toxic to cats too.
There are always going to be people who think that keeping a cat indoors is cruel, however, there is plenty of research that shows that cats which are kept indoors have a longer, healthier life than those that go outside. So, if you want to try out having an indoor cat, then why not give it a go? Just make sure that you do your best to keep them happy whilst they are in your home.