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Keeping Kitty Indoors
April 15, 2015

Have you recently adopted a kitty? As a new pet parent, you’ll have to make some decisions about your feline friend’s care. Some of these decisions include choosing between wet or dry food; one cat or more; and whether or not to let Fluffy go outdoors. While many of these are personal choices, when it comes to the latter, we strongly recommend keeping your feline pal inside. In this article, a local Gresham veterinarian discusses keeping Kitty indoors.

Risks of Going Outdoors

Kitties face many dangers the moment they step outside the door. Cars, predators, other kitties, toxic plants, and chemicals are just a few of the hazards Fluffy may face outdoors. Outdoor kitties have a much greater chance of picking up nasty parasites, such as fleas and ticks, than indoor cats. Keeping Kitty indoors also benefits other animals. Recent studies have revealed that our feline friends actually have a very devastating effect on wild bird populations!

Convincing Your Cat

While there are clearly some very good reasons to keep your cat indoors, Fluffy may not see it that way, especially at first. Be prepared for your furball to scratch, whine, and beg at the door. It may help to convince her that the door is not her friend. Squirting your feline pal with a water bottle is often very effective at this. Cats hate water, so Kitty will probably bolt, but she won’t be hurt. Another tactic that may work is rattling a metal tin full of change, or sounding a bike horn. The loud noise will frighten Fluffy, but won’t harm her.

Best Of Both Worlds

Fluffy can still enjoy a taste of the outdoors without leaving the safety of your home. Consider getting some cat-safe plants, like spider plants or rubber plants, and placing them near a kitty tower or condo. Make sure Kitty has free access to at least one window with a good view. Chances are, your furry pal will entertain herself for hours just watching birds! To really ramp up the amusement factor, put a bird feeder in front of that window. Another thing you can do is grow tiny pots of catnip or cat grass. Last but not least, take time to play with your feline buddy, so she burns off excess energy.

Does your feline friend need shots or an examination? Contact us, your local Gresham veterinary clinic, any time!

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