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Keeping an Indoor Cat Happy

Do you keep your feline friend indoors? If so, that’s wonderful! Fluffy is both safer and healthier staying inside, where she is protected from potential hazards, such as cars, weather, and other animals. Indoor cats don’t get as much activity or stimulation as kitties that go outside, however, so you’ll need to take some steps to keep your furball happy, active, and entertained. Here, a local Folsom, CA vet offers some tips on keeping an indoor cat purring.

Playtime

Even if Fluffy will never have to hunt anything other than a cozy napping spot, she’ll still benefit from working on her pouncing and jumping skills. Take time to play with your cat every day. Regular play sessions will help keep her in shape physically, and will also offer her beneficial mental stimulation. This is a great way to bond with your pet! Plus, watching a frisky kitty pouncing on a toy is super cute!

A Room With A View

Birdwatching is very popular with our feline pals. Offer Fluffy a comfy window seat with a good view, so she can relax and watch birds and squirrels. Put a birdfeeder in your furball’s line of sight to make this even more fun for her.

Toys

Cats all have their own purrsonal tastes when it comes to toys. One kitty may absolutely love a fuzzy wand toy, while another may completely ignore it and play with a crumpled-up ball of paper. Offer Fluffy a variety of playthings, and pay attention to her preferences. Classic cat toys are fine, but you’ll find some great new modern kitty toys in stores.

Stimulation

It doesn’t take much to turn your home—or apartment—into a kitty luxury mansion. Set out some pet-safe plants for your furball to nibble on. (Tip: check the ASPCA site here for suggestions.) Cats love high places, so a cat tower or wall-mounted furniture will also help keep Fluffy’s motor going.

Kitty Comforts

Always keep Fluffy’s comfort in mind. If you’ll be gone after dark, leave a light on for her, so she isn’t left alone in a dark, quiet house. We also recommend keeping a radio or TV on. The sound of music and voices will soothe your furry friend, and keep her from feeling lonely.

Please contact us, your Folsom, CA vet clinic, for all your cat’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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