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Keeping Your Cat Indoors

Have you decided to keep your cat inside? If so, that’s great! Fluffy will be both healthier and safer as an indoor pet. However, your feline pal may not agree with your decision, especially if she’s been allowed to go outside in the past. Read on as a Carmel, IN vet discusses keeping your kitty indoors.

Dangers of Roaming Outdoors

We know, Fluffy loves to decorate your car with paw prints, roll around in the grass, and leave ‘gifts’ on your doorstep. However, kitties that go outdoors face many serious hazards! Cars, predators, weather, chemicals, and other felines are just a few of the things that could endanger your adventurous little pet. Cats that go outside also have much higher risks of picking up parasites, or getting lost, hurt, or even killed. Fluffy is definitely safer staying indoors!

Keeping Kitty In

Convincing Fluffy to stay in may be a bit tricky. What you’ll need to do is slowly change your feline friend’s mind about the benefits of going outside. Start by making the door seem unwelcoming. When you see your furball sniffing at the door, squirt her with water, or make a loud noise. These things won’t hurt your kitty, but they will startle her, and may make her wary of the door.

Entertaining Your Pet

Make sure your home is both comfy and entertaining for your furball. Offer Fluffy lots of cozy beds to snuggle up in, and give her plenty of cat toys to pounce on. You can also give your feline buddy a taste of nature by setting out some pet-safe plants for her to hide behind. (Tip: check the ASPCA site for suggestions.) Your kitty will also appreciate a good window seat, where she can relax and watch birds and squirrels.

Walking The Cat

If your furball used to enjoy going outdoors, she may learn to like going for walks on a leash. Training may take some time, but you may find it well worth the effort in the end! Of course, this isn’t going to be the right option for every cat: some kitties love being walked, while others want nothing to do with it. Ask your vet for specific advice, including tips on training.

Is your cat due for an appointment? Please contact us, your local Carmel, IN animal clinic, anytime! We are dedicated to providing excellent veterinary care!

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