Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Keeping Cats Indoors

This article was originally posted in LionscoProducts.com)

Keeping your kitty indoors

Many cats- particularly breeds with a placid temperament, such as the Persian - will take to indoor life quite happily. However just assome humans are very much the outdoor type while others are happy to stay in, if you keep your kitten indoors, you will have to judge over a period of time how well it is coping with the restrictions. If you decide to take the indoor option, you should do so from day one.

While a cat kept indoors from kitten hood can learn to go outside, it would be very unfair to make an outdoor cat stay in and would be likely to cause great frustration. You must therefore be clear in your own mind as to how you wish to keep your kitten before you bring it home, bearing in mind the following potential problems:

  • The cat is a natural hunter, and has great energies and abilities to be used in this pursuit
  • The lack of exercise may cause your kitten to become overweight if you do not pay particular attention to its diet.
  • The kitten may become bored , and also lonely if you are out all day.
  • It may become over-reactive to changes within its small territory, and therefore unable to cope with novelty - whether in the form of people or of objects or of objects brought in.
  • There will be a much greater dependence on you for stimulation and activity, and a risk of over attachment.
  • If you kitten does get out, it may be disoriented and will not have "street" skills. If you live in a high-rise there is the dangers of the results of falling.
  • If you have only one cat, it may become difficult to introduce another at a later stage into your first cat's restricted territory.

Reduce the problems

There are active steps that you can take to reduce or eliminate the problems mentioned above.

  • Keep your cat entertained with creative toys and games to keep your kitty exercised - both physically and mentally.
  • Monitor your kittens food intake, be sure to provide high quality nutritionally dense foods that use less fillers to prevent weight gain.
  • Ensure that you have regular visitors and that life is not too quiet - especially when your kitten is small.
  • Your kitten will need to act out is normal behavior repertoire within your home. A natural activity is scratching. Be sure to provide a scratching post in your home so that your furniture dose not serve this purpose.
As another choice for an indoor cat you can provide an outdoor cat containment area. Kittywalk makes a series of outdoor cat enclosures that are functional, entertaining and attractive. The Kittywalk enclosures give your cat the same sense of safety he has in your home but with the benefits of fresh air and a new entertaining environment.

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  1. Vacation Care Tips for Your Cat

    by Andrea Sparks

    You've been planning your vacation all year, but your cat may not be as excited as you are to have you away from home. Although many people believe cats prefer to be on their own, kitties get lonely and can become anxious when their surroundings change. As a responsible pet owner, you will want to make sure your kitty is safely and comfortably cared for while you're on vacation. The following tips can help you ease the stress on you and your feline friend when you're away and give great ideas for cat supplies to keep your cat comfortable.
    Caring for Your Cat While You're Out of Town:


    Hire a pet sitter. You should never leave your cat home alone when you leave for extended periods of time. You never know what could happen while you're away, and having someone there will help keep your kitty safe. Your cat can also get lonely and even suffer from separation anxiety, which can cause your kitty to damage your belongings, become too anxious to eat, urinate or defecate inappropriately, or engage in other anxiety-driven behaviors. To keep your cat safe and calm, you'll want to find a pet sitter that both you and your cat can trust. Someone your cat already knows, such as a family member or close friend, is ideal. If you need to hire someone who your cat does not already know, invite the pet sitter over to meet your cat before you leave so that your cat and her sitter can become familiar.

    Notify your veterinarian. In case of emergency, your veterinarian should be aware that you are on vacation and that your pet sitter is authorized to bring your cat in for medical care. Leaving your pet sitter with your vet's phone number, as well as other important numbers, is a good idea as well.

    Provide fresh food and water. The last thing you want to do is leave your cat without food or water, and you'll want to make sure your kitty gets fresh food and water every day. While a pet sitter can often times take care of these needs, you may want to invest in a replenishing cat feeder and cat water fountain that provide fresh food and water throughout the day. Self-replenishing pet supplies are a great option if your pet sitter needs to be away during the day.

    Make sure the litter box is kept clean. Most kitties will avoid using a litter box that is too dirty. To avoid accidents in the house, you may want to invest in a self-cleaning litter box. It'll promote good potty habits while you're away, and give your sitter one less chore to worry about. Cats are sensitive to change though, so if you choose to purchase a self-cleaning litter box, you'll want to give your cat time to adjust to it before you leave and to keep it around after your vacation, too.

    Keep your cat entertained. Make sure your kitty has access to all her favorite cat toys while you're away, and teach the pet sitter how to use interactive toys to play with your cat. Playtime with kitty will help create a bond between your cat and her sitter, making your vacation time fun for your pet, too. Purchasing a cat condo or cat tree is another great way to keep your cat busy because it provides cats with everything they love -- a place to scratch, climb, hide, play and sleep.

    Boarding your cat. This should be a last resort, as many cats are extremely sensitive to changes in surroundings and routines. However, in the case that you are unable to hire a pet sitter to care for your cat, boarding your pet at a professional boarding facility is a better option than leaving her home alone.