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Caring for an Indoor Cat

Have you decided to keep your cat indoors? Good for you! Your kitty will be much safer indoors, where she isn’t exposed to the dangers posed by cars, predators, weather, and other hazards. Below, a Happy Valley, OR vet offers advice on keeping indoor cats happy and purring.

Toys

Toys are essential for indoor kitties. They not only keep your cat active and amused, they will also provide her with beneficial mental stimulation, which can help keep your kitty’s mind healthy as she ages.

Bonding

Be sure to spend time with your cat every day. Play with her, talk to her, and offer her lots of cuddles and attention. This will help keep your pet feeling loved, safe, and secure.

Playmate

Consider getting your cat a playmate. Of course, whether or not this is a good option for you depends on several factors, including your financial situation; your household circumstances; and your cat’s age, temperament, and history. Think carefully before adopting another pet.

Furniture

A good scratching post is a must for indoor kitties. You don’t want your cat using your sofa as a manicure station! We also recommend getting a good cat tree or tower. This will help keep your cat active, and will give her a great spot from which she can stare down at you with that satisfied look felines do so well.

Veterinary Care

While indoor cats may not need to see the vet as often as outdoor ones, your pet will still need regular veterinary care. Bring your kitty to the vet at least once a year. In between visits, watch for signs of illness, and contact your vet immediately if you notice anything amiss.

Taste of Nature

Since your cat can’t go outside, bring the outside in by setting out non-toxic plants at floor level for her to peek through. Check the ASPCA site for a full list of cat-safe plants.

Entertainment

Make sure your kitty has lots of entertainment options. We recommend offering her a comfy napping spot before a window with a good view. If you leave your cat home alone while you’re working, keep a radio or TV on for her. Or, better yet, order some DVDs made just for felines.

Do you have any questions about your cat’s health or care? Call us! As your Happy Valley, OR animal clinic, we’re here to help!

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