It’s a big, bad world out there for small pets, in Orange County we have so many coyotes and other dangers outside. If you have a cat that is used to being outside, making him/her an indoor cat can be a challenging transition for some felines. While it isn’t a sure thing for all cats, here are some tips for helping your cat adjust.
1. Spend Time and Play With Your Cat
Your cat needs to burn off a lot of energy so set aside time to spend time with him and encourage play, such as a feather tied to a string.
2. Safe Haven
Cats need a safe place to go when they feel frightened. You need to ensure your new indoor cat has a place where he feels safe. Cardboard boxes are a great places for this.
3. Secure Your Home
Your former outdoor cat will return to outside if he can. Make sure to secure all of your windows and doors. Tell family members and guests that the kitty isn’t allowed outside and might try to bolt.
4. Cat Containment System
You can allow your indoor cat access to outside with a cat containment system that keeps them in the yard, on a deck or on a balcony.
5. Toy Selection
Cats are smart and get bored quickly. To keep your kitty from tearing up your personal items, you want to change out his cat toys frequently.
6. Scratching Posts and Activity Trees
Outside, your cat keeps his sharp nails short by scratching trees and other surfaces. Providing a scratching post gives your feline a place to do that inside and saves your furniture. Also, activity trees give your kitty a place to climb and burn off energy.
7. Litter Tray Placement
Litter is the place where your cat relieves himself. You want to keep the litter pan away from places where you cook, prepare or serve food.
8. Check Your Plants and Plant Cat Grass
Cats enjoy munching on some greenery; however, there are plant varieties that are toxic for your feline friend. Remove all toxic plants in your home and plant cat grass.