Indoor cats are at lower risk for injuries associated with the outdoor environment. And are at far less risk of contracting parasites. Ideally, all cats would be allowed access to the outdoors to express their natural behavior. However, some cats need to be confined to the indoors.
The decision on whether to keep your cat inside should be assessed on your cat’s.. personality, health, previous experience, home, local outside environment, and your own preferences.
If kept solely indoors your cat should be provided with ways to exhibit its natural behaviors to ensure its welfare, reduce dependency on you and avoid undesirable behavioral issues.
How to make your indoor cats happy?
1- Keep them occupied
It’s important to allow your cat opportunities to exhibit their natural hunting behavior as it keeps them mentally stimulated and releases feel-good hormones called endorphins. Without this, your cat may suffer from behavioral issues. Such as aggression, scratching, spraying, over-grooming, house soiling, and depression.
Their hunting behavior can often be triggered by toys which move and attract their attention such as fishing rod toys. Depending on the age and mobility of your indoor cats, it’s best to play with them for one to two minutes 5 to 10 times per day.
You can also keep your indoor cats amused with other toys, climbing towers or activity centers. And create interest at meal times by hiding biscuits in puzzle balls or enrichment toys to give part, or all, of their daily ration. However, it is best to introduce these gradually to ensure they have enough to eat and don’t become frustrated and swap them regularly to keep things interesting.
So, how you are going to occupy it 24 hours a day, is one of the most important considerations for indoor cats.
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