Have you adopted a cat that was previously allowed to roam freely? Has your kitty been trying to sneak out? While many people do like to let their pets explore, we really do recommend keeping them inside, where they are safe from cars, weather, wild animals, and other hazards. Of course, Fluffy may have a different opinion on the matter. Here, a Kerrville, TX vet offers some advice on keeping your adventurous furball indoors.
One reason cats like to go outside is because it’s just fun for them. Our feline pals love to explore and investigate things. Chasing butterflies, rolling around in the yard, and leaving pawprints on cars are all highly entertaining to a little furball. Fortunately, it’s very easy to turn your home into a kitty play palace. Provide Fluffy with lots of fun toys, and set out boxes, newspaper tunnels, and paper bags for her to investigate. Refresh and rearrange your furry friend’s things regularly to keep things fun and fresh for her.
Did you know that playing with your cat is one of the best things you can do for her? This is a great way to both keep Fluffy entertained and help her burn off those kitty zoomies. After a fun round of Catch The Red Dot, your furry little buddy will probably be pretty tired … and more interested in passing out than sneaking out.
Why not give Fluffy a little taste of nature? Set out some pet-safe plants for her to sniff at and nibble on. You can find a great list online at the ASPCA website here. If you have a spare room, sun room, enclosed porch or patio, or even just a sunny corner, you can make your pet a catio. Incorporate kitty luxury items, like a cat tower or pet tent, comfy window seats, and lots of fun toys.
We know, training cats seems like a bit of an oxymoron. However, Fluffy is capable of learning what she should and shouldn’t do. When you see your furry friend sniffing around the door, squirt her with water or clap your hands to shoo her away. Don’t punish her, though: that will just make her more determined to escape!
Do you have questions or concerns about your cat’s health or care? Contact us, your Kerrville, TX veterinary clinic, today!