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Caring for an Indoor Cat

Have you decided to keep your feline friend inside? If so, you’ve made a great decision! Kitties are both healthier and safer as indoor pets. Cats that go outdoors face many serious dangers, such as cars, weather, and other animals, and are much more likely to get lost, injured, or even killed. But how do you keep your furball happy and purring indoors? A Livonia, MI vet discusses caring for indoor cats below.

Leaving Fluffy Alone

Cats are quite independent. Generally, Fluffy will be fine by herself while you’re at work, or even overnight. If you won’t be home before nightfall, leave a light on for your kitty. Sitting alone in a dark, quiet house isn’t much fun! You may also want to leave a TV or radio on for your furball.

Entertainment

Kitties can get bored, just like people. Make sure Fluffy has plenty of toys to play with. We also recommend giving your furball at least one comfy spot where she can look out the window. Cats love birdwatching!

Activity

Keep Fluffy fit by offering her kitty furniture that promotes activity. Cat trees and towers are great for this! Also, make sure your cat has a suitable manicure station, like a scratching post, so she doesn’t damage your things.

Safety

Kitties definitely have a knack for getting into mischief. Keep Fluffy safe by securing potential hazards, such as small items; plastic bags and wrappers; toxic plants; strings; household chemicals; medicines; and cords and wires. Ask your vet for more information.

Plants

Give Fluffy a taste of the outdoors by setting out pet-safe plants at floor level. Check the ASPCA website for a list of nontoxic plants.

Comfy Beds

It’s probably safe to say that napping is Fluffy’s favorite pastime. Offer your kitty plenty of comfy beds and napping spots to snuggle up in.

Veterinary Care

While indoor kitties may not need to see the vet as often as outdoor cats do, Fluffy will still need regular veterinary care. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule.

Diet

Feed Fluffy a good, nourishing diet, but don’t overindulge her: you could find yourself with a pudgy pet! Obese kitties may be cute, but your cat will be much healthier at or near her ideal weight.

Do you have questions about cat care? Call us! As your Livonia, MI animal clinic, we’re here to help!

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