While many cats love being outdoors, it is a myth that going outside is a requirement for a cat to be happy. By playing regularly with a cat, you will be able to satisfy his/her natural instincts and keep your cat sufficiently stimulated. It will also allow them to get the exercise that he/she needs in order to remain healthy and happy. Below we will talk about some of the best tips for keeping domestic cats happy indoors.
It is important that you keep your cat indoors when they are a young kitten. This will make it a lot easier to accept. If they stay in the house a lot when they are young, they are going to enjoy being in the house more as they age.
You can either get a screen door or a ‘cat’ fence to provide a safe way for your feline friend to experience the outdoors. This will ultimately allow your cat to be able to experience the outdoors and satisfy it’s own curiosity without having to really take any risks. Although, a cat fence will not likely prevent other animals from entering your yard. Therefore, it is always recommended that you accompany your cat whenever outdoors.
Walk Your Cat
Believe it or not, but you can actually train your cat to walk on a leash. If you want your cat to experience the outdoors but do not want to deal with the risks of letting him or her do it on their own, you can simply get a cat leash and take them for short brisk walks.
Another good idea would be to install a perch that is located near an open window. This will allow your cat to hang out and look out the window whenever they want to.
Be sure to set aside some time to play with your cat each and every day. You can put together a bunch of cat friendly toys that you can play with together. You should try to get a bunch of different toys that serve different purposes. For instance, find a toy that satisfies your cats stalking instinct, chasing instinct and pouncing instinct.
Clean The Litter Box
It is also important that you keep your cats litter box clean. This is going to ensure that your cat has a clean place to do his/her business.
Cat Tree or Cat Furniture
You can also invest in some other types of cat trees or cat furniture so that your cat has the opportunity to have fun and climb while indoors. There is a ton of different cat furniture available. You should be able to find one that your cat likes
As you can see, there are tons of ways to keep domestic cats happy with living indoors. By following the tips above, you should be able to satisfy all of your cat’s desires.