Do you let your cat go outdoors? If so, you may want to curtail your furry pal’s adventures. We know, many of our feline buddies love outdoor kitty activities, like leaving paw prints on freshly-washed cars, bringing their humans ‘gifts,’ and refusing to come when called. However, your furball is really much better off staying in. Read on as a local Santa Rosa, CA vet offers some tips on keeping Fluffy indoors
Why Ground Fluffy?
First and foremost, cats are just safer inside. As soon as your pet sets her cute little paws outdoors, she is exposed to some very serious threats. Cars, weather, other kitties, chemicals, and predators are just a few things that can endanger kitties outdoors. Cats that go outside are also at greater risk of picking up parasites, and more likely to be lost, injured, stolen, or even killed. Keeping Fluffy inside will also benefit local wildlife. Housecats kill billions of small animals every year!
Bringing Fluffy In
If your cat has been allowed out before, it may take her time to adjust. One thing you can do is make the door less appealing. If Fluffy approaches it, squirt her with water or make a loud noise. She’ll get the hint eventually. However, if your feline pal does slip out, don’t punish her. This may just make her even more determined to escape!
It doesn’t take much to make your home both fun and interesting for our feline friends. Offer your cute pet lots of comfy beds and fun toys. Fluffy will also appreciate having things to explore, such as boxes, newspaper tunnels, and paper bags. You can also give your kitty a taste of the outdoors by setting out some pet-safe plants for her to nibble on and hide behind. Boston ferns, Spider plants, Money trees, and African violets are all safe for our furry pals. You can find more information on safe and unsafe plants at the ASPCA site here. Last but not least, pay lots of attention to your kitty. Talk to her, play with her, and offer her catnip and ear scritches. With time, patience, and TLC, even former strays often become so content living indoors that they lose interest in going outside.
Please reach out to us, your Santa Rosa, CA vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!