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I think any pet lover will agree with me when I say that I try and make Christmas time special for my furry friend as well. Pets are part of the family, as we know and they certainly should be part of the festive celebrations too. Whether that’s a cute jumper for your dog, festive tinsel around your fish tank or Christmas tree shaped treats for your cat. It’s all about the little things!
But today we’re talking about indoor cats, one of the most popular pet choices in the UK. Whether you’re a dog or a cat person, all indoor animals need love and care to ensure they’re safe and healthy. Just because they’re inside, doesn’t mean they’re living a better quality of life.
In fact, indoor cats need particular stimulation because some indoor environments can be boring and predictable. Which unfortunately can lead to an abundance of health problems in your indoor cat, such as stress and obesity as well as obesity related issues such as irritability and inactivity.
So today we’re looking at how to care for indoor cats plus some great equipment to buy them this Christmas to ensure that they’re healthy and happy!
Give them time and space
Indoor cats will need a lot of your time and attention. If you’re keeping your cat inside, leading an extremely busy lifestyle where you’re rarely at home just will not work for their needs. You need to ensure they’re loved and occupied and not constricted to one room. You’ll need to give them access to a lot of the house.
Invest in stimulating equipment
I think anyone who’s ever seen a cat will be aware that they rarely like to stay on the same level. Wall-mounted cat climbing frames can be an amazing option to keep your cat occupied and happy as well as giving them something different to do than climbing on the sofa. They’re incredibly sturdy and fit safely to your wall, which is also handy for those who don’t have a huge amount of space!
As well as climbing equipment, cats need somewhere to scratch. And it doesn’t matter how much you love your cat, you don’t want it to be clawing at your furniture every day. Wall-mounted cat scratchers could again, be a great option. The modern designs will work well in most apartments and not take up any extra space. As well as giving your furry friend a dedicated space to scratch!
Create a cat-safe environment
All Catipilla wall-mounted equipment is sturdy and safe to use. But you need to ensure the rest of your house is safe for your indoor cat too. This means making sure it can’t jump onto anything that might fall down, ensuring all toxic products are out of reach of your cat and removing anything unsafe that you cat might reach for when you’re not supervising, such as string or shoelaces.
Allow them dedicated, quiet areas
Cats prefer quiet areas to use the toilet, so creating a quiet and dedicated space for them for that reason is really important. Making sure it’s tray is in a quiet area where it’s unlikely to be disturbed or frightened by unexpected noises. And don’t forget to clean it’s tray every day!
Consider what food you’re giving it
Indoor cats might be prone to weight gain a little more easier than outdoor cats who spend a large majority of their time roaming. So this is something you might want to consider when choosing it’s food. Food designed for indoor cats often contains less calories to compensate for this.
Ensure it’s receiving adequate exercise
Just because your cat is napping doesn’t necessarily mean it doesn’t want to play or get active! Your indoor cat need to have enough exercise throughout the day and sometimes it’s going to be up to you to give it to them. Have regular play sessions throughout the day, in shorter bursts rather than a longer session. Also provide toys and fun things for it to play with on it’s own when it feels like it.