7 Ways to Keep Your Indoor Kitty Lively, Lean, and Ready For a Long Life

猫 are natural predators and take immense pleasure in the thrill of the hunt...当然还有腹部擦伤. 事实上, 如果你有一只户外猫, you’ve likely received the occasional or more-than-occasional gift of a dead mouse. 然而, research shows that cats do tend to live longer as indoor cats and, as many of us live in areas that are teeming with coyotes and other wildlife, 这通常是唯一的选择. So how do you keep your indoor cat happy and healthy? T在这里 are plenty of ways, and we share seven of them below.

1. 小猫的一致性是关键

You might be tempted to take your kitten outside with you due to the excitement of having your new fur baby but, if you plan on having an indoor kitty to keep them safe, it’s best to condition them to thrive in this environment from the start.


2. 提供一个酷的Catio

You can offer the cat the opportunity to feel like they’re outside without actually doing so. If you are a DIYer you can hop on Pinterest to create one, or perhaps hire a local handyman to help you out. Along these same lines, you can buy indoor cat grass at most pet supply stores. Just make sure the catio is safe for your cat by making sure t在这里 are no holes or escape routes, and that it doesn’t give your cat access to toxic plants.

3. 试着遛猫

Not all cats are fond of this but it’s always worth putting a collar and leash on your cat and giving it a try! As TheHumaneSociety.org 笔记, “这种训练需要时间和耐心, 给你和那只猫, 当你的猫还小的时候,这是最容易的. Some cats can even be harnessed and tied to a stationary object to enjoy the outdoors while you are gardening nearby (but be sure to never leave your cat alone while they are tet在这里d).”


4. 栖息和猫抓桩FTW

Not only do scratching posts save your couch and curtains from your cat’s instincts to knead and claw things, but it also gives them a fun way to spend part of their day. Put these perches or posts by a sunny window if you can to offer your cat a glimpse of the world outside.

5. 玩了一整天

Okay, maybe not all day but cats are much like kids. They like it when you actually get down with them and play with them with feather toys, 钓竿玩具, 和类似的. But also like kids who often end up playing with the wrapping paper instead of their toys on Christmas morning, cats love it if you just leave out boxes or paper bags (no handles) for them to inhabit, 到处游荡, 和睡在.


6. 激光笔万岁

如果你养过猫, 听说过猫, 看着猫的视频, 甚至只是看到猫, you likely know about their love of laser pointers. But it’s not just a fun game for them; following the light gets them exercise and taps into their hunting instincts. The only problem with this activity is it can lead to frustration on the cat’s part due to having no real resolution—nothing is ever actually caught. 博士. 马蒂·贝克通过 VetStreet.com, “After some quality time with the laser pointer, switch toys to something that can be caught and ‘killed,’ such as a toy on the end of a fishing pole or a stuffed mouse. Your cat can then wind down with the satisfaction of having won the game, with ‘dead prey’ to show for his hunting prowess.”

7. Cleanliness is Next to Godliness For 猫

猫是非常挑剔的 他们的打扮, so if they stop doing this for any reason, 一定要咨询你的兽医, 因为有些事情可能会出错. 让他们开心, keep their litter box as meticulously clean as you can, as this can really affect their happiness and well being.

One last note—indoor cats are at risk for obesity due to not being able to frolic and forage outside, so keep this in mind when coming up with a good diet with your veterinarian. 另外,一定要注意 芯片你的猫 and keep an ID tag on them even if they are an indoor kitty because accidents do happen! If you have any questions about how to keep your indoor cat happy and healthy, 给菠菜台子打电话.