Cats often like to go outside for the same reasons we do: to get some fresh air and sunshine, and escape the monotony of being cooped up indoors. Make the indoor life fun and comfy for Fluffy by giving her lots of toys and comfy napping spots.
Stopping Fluffy’s Breakouts
If you tell your cat that she is no longer allowed outside, she will probably just ignore you, and try to go out anyway. So how do you stop your adventurous feline from trying to slip out the door? You don’t want to punish your kitty for trying to get out: this may only frighten Fluffy, and make her even more determined to escape. Instead, trick her a little. Whenever your furry pal gets too close to the entrance, squirt her with water or make a loud noise. This won’t hurt your furball, but it will startle her, which is one thing cats absolutely hate. After a few repetitions, your adorable pet may reconsider the pros and cons of going near the door.
Do you have a sunroom or patio? Turn this space into a catio! Start by adding some kitty furniture, like cat towers, window seats, scratching posts, and/or cat walks. Then, set out some pet-safe plants for your ferocious feline to hide behind and nibble on. (Tip: check the ASPCA site here for suggestions.) To make Fluffy’s private spa even more luxurious, put a bird feeder in the yard, where she can see it.
Playtime is great for Fluffy, both physically and mentally. It will also burn off your furball’s excess energy, and help sate her need to stalk and pounce on things. Spend a few minutes a day playing with your furry friend!
Please feel free to contact us, your Folsom, CA animal clinic, with any questions or concerns about your cat’s health or care. We’re here to help!