How to Convince Your Cat to Stay Indoors

Have you decided to keep your cat indoors? If so, we applaud your decision. Our feline friends are much safer inside. Keeping Fluffy indoors is also great for her health. Of course, your furry little buddy may not agree with your choice, especially if she’s had freedom to roam before. We are here to help! In this article, an Upper Arlington, OH vet discusses convincing your cat to stay inside.

Make Indoor Living Fun

Make sure your feline friend is comfortable and happy by providing lots of toys and cozy napping spots. We recommend giving Fluffy at least one super-comfy spot in front of a window that offers an interesting view, so your furball can sunbathe and watch squirrels. Setting pet-safe plants at floor level will offer your furry pal the chance to peek out through leaves, and will help her get a taste of nature. Last but not least, offer your kitty plenty of fun toys, and play with her every day. This will keep your cat happy and tire her out, so she’ll be more interested in napping than slipping out.

Keeping Fluffy Inside

If you tell your kitty that she can’t go outside because it’s dangerous for her, she’ll probably yawn and go to sleep, or perhaps answer back with a cute meow of protest. Fluffy doesn’t understand that cars, predators, parasites, weather, and other hazards endanger her when she goes outside. She is, however, fully capable of realizing that sniffing around the door will produce unwanted results. When your adventurous pet approaches the door, squirt her with water from a spray bottle, or make a loud noise. Your feline pal will probably hightail it for her favorite hiding spot.

Resort To Bribery

Still no luck? Turn a patio or spare room into a catio, and add cat grass, kitty furniture, and, yes, even more toys. Offer Fluffy lots of cuddles, praise and attention to keep her content and purring. Putting a bird feeder in front of your kitty’s favorite window, may also help. If all else fails, and your furball still insists on going outside, consider training her to walk on a leash. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Do you have any questions or concerns about your feline friend’s health, care, or behavior? Call us, your Upper Arlington, OH animal hospital, today! We are happy to help!