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Keeping Your Cat Indoors

Do you let your feline friend go outdoors? If so, you may want to curtail Fluffy’s outdoor privileges. Cats are both safer and healthier staying inside! Read on as an Anderson, IN vet discusses keeping kitties in.

Dangers of Going Outdoors

We know, many cats love outdoor kitty activities, like rolling around in the grass and refusing to come when called. However, as soon as Fluffy sets her cute little paws outside, she is exposed to some very serious dangers, such as cars, weather, and wild animals, just to name a few. Kitties that go outdoors are also at much higher risk of contracting parasites and/or getting lost, injured, or even killed!

Kitty Comforts

Cats that go outside do get quite a bit of activity and stimulation on their adventures. Making your home fun and comfy for your kitty will go a long way towards keeping her happy indoors. Offer your pet lots of fun toys to play with, and play with her every day. This will help keep your feline buddy active and entertained. Plus, it’s super cute! You may also want to set out some pet-safe plants for Fluffy, so she can get a little taste of nature and peek out at you from behind green leaves. Check the ASPCA website for a list of options. A comfy window seat with a good view will also help keep your furry pal entertained. (Tip: for bonus purrs, put a birdfeeder in your yard, where Fluffy can see it.)

Curbing Fluffy’s Wanderlust

If your cat has had outdoor privileges in the past, you may have a hard time getting her to accept living indoors. However, keep in mind that even former strays can become so content with the indoor life that they lose all desire to go out. One thing that can help is making Fluffy a bit wary of the door. You never want to punish your pet for trying to get out. This will only make her want to escape even more! Instead, startle your furball by making a loud noise or squirting her with water when she gets too close to the door. These things won’t hurt your kitty, but they may annoy her enough to make her start avoiding the door.

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