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Keeping Your Cat Indoors

Does your kitty have permission to go outdoors? If so, you may want to think about grounding your feline friend. Cats are both safer and healthier living indoors. Read on as a North Las Vegas, NV vet talks about keeping Fluffy inside.

The Benefits of Staying Indoors

We know, Fluffy really enjoys outdoor activities, like hunting and sunbathing. However, as soon as your kitty sets those cute little paws outdoors, she’s exposed to several serious dangers, including cars, predators, weather, toxic plants and chemicals, and other kitties. Your furball is more likely to pick up harmful parasites outdoors. And, unfortunately, cats that are allowed to wander are also much more likely to get injured or lost.

Grounding Fluffy

If you try to explain to your cat why she’s better off indoors, she’ll probably only blink and yawn, and then immediately start meowing at the door. Therefore, you’ll need to make the indoor life fun and comfortable for your pet. Fortunately, turning your home into a cat mansion is pretty easy. Provide Fluffy with lots of soft beds, and make sure she has plenty of toys. To give your furball a taste of nature, offer her a comfy window seat with a good view, and set some non-toxic plants around your home. (You can find a list of safe plants at the ASPCA website.) If you have a sunroom or patio, turn it into a catio by adding cat furniture and toys.

Stopping Breakouts

Cats are very determined little furballs. Don’t be surprised if your kitty scratches or meows at the door, hoping it will open so she can slip out. What you want to do is make your adventurous pet rethink her opinion of going outdoors. The next time you find your feline buddy sniffing at the door, squirt her with water, or startle her by making a loud noise. Fluffy will probably bolt for her favorite hiding spot to ponder the pros and cons of trying to get outside.

Playtime

We all know that cats love napping. However, even the sleepiest kitty can’t snooze all of the time. Take time to play with Fluffy every day. This will provide both physical activity and mental stimulation, and will satisfy her urge to pounce on things.

Do you have questions or concerns about cat care? Contact us, your local North Las Vegas, NV animal hospital, anytime!

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