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Caring for an Indoor Cat

Did you know that one of the best things you can do for your cat’s health and well-being is to keep her inside? While our feline friends really love fun outdoor activities, like meowing at the door and then refusing to come in, they are much safer indoors. Outdoor cats are exposed to many serious dangers, including cars, predators, toxic plants, and weather, and are much more likely to be lost, hurt, or even killed. Below, an Isle of Palms, SC vet discusses caring for an indoor cat.

Toys

Make sure that Fluffy has lots of fun kitty toys, and play with her every day. The exercise and mental stimulation she’ll get will both be very beneficial for her. Automated toys, such as robotic mice, can also help keep your furry pal in shape.

Furniture

Get your feline friend some fun pieces of furniture that promote climbing and jumping, such as a cat tower. We also recommend getting Fluffy a good scratching post.

Kitty Comforts

Keep your kitty’s comfort in mind. If your cat will be home alone, leave a light on if you’ll be out after dark, and turn on a TV or radio for Fluffy to listen to.

Plants

Give your feline friend a taste of the outdoors by setting out pet-safe plants. This will give your frisky pet a chance to stare at you through green leaves, and jump out at you as you pass by. Some good options are Boston ferns, Money plants, Cast Iron plants, and Ponytail palms. You can find more at the ASPCA website.

Window View

Fluffy may not be able to hunt, but she’ll still enjoy watching birds and squirrels, and daydreaming about being a ferocious predator. Offer your pet a good window seat. If you really want to pamper your cat, install a birdfeeder where she can see it.

Beds

As you’ve probably noticed, cats are very fond of napping. Provide your sleepy pet with plenty of comfy napping spots to snuggle up in.

Veterinary Care

Indoor cats may not need to see the vet as often as outdoor kitties, but they still need regular veterinary care. Most kitties should see the vet about once a year. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule.

Do you have questions about your cat’s health or care? Call us, your Isle of Palms, SC animal clinic, today!

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