Do you and your feline friend live in an apartment? Cats are the pet of choice for many renters, and with good reason. Fluffy is small enough to pass weight limits and restrictions. She’s also pretty quiet, and doesn’t leave messes outside. However, she does still need good care! Here, a local Portland, OR vet offers a few pointers on keeping your cute pet happy and purring in an apartment.
Your furry pal will get quite bored and unhappy with nothing to do but stare at the walls all day. Offer Fluffy lots of toys to push under the couch, and take time to play with her regularly.
This can be tricky for people in small spaces. Unless you have an extra closet or bathroom, or perhaps a laundry enclosure, you may need to put Fluffy’s bathroom out in the open. Look around for pieces that are made to hide litterboxes. There are some great designs out there. You can also make one by upcycling an old end table or coffee table.
If you don’t have much room, look into providing your kitty some vertical space. Cat towers and cat shelves are great for this! You can also find (or make) a wall-mounted scratching board. That way, you can give your furry buddy some spots of her own without sacrificing much of your own room.
Speaking of litterboxes, odor is another concern. Set out pet-safe plants. This will not only help clean the air, it will also immediately make your home feel cozy and welcoming. Check the ASPCA site here for suggestions.
It’s probably safe to say that your feline pal will be very interested in looking out the window. Try to offer your little voyeur a comfy spot with a good view. This is a top form of entertainment for many indoor cats! If you have blinds, you may want to roll them up and get a different window treatment, as otherwise Fluffy will probably destroy them to get to her sunning spot. Make sure your windows and screens close securely!
Veterinary care is important for all kitties, regardless of their age or where they live. Fluffy should be fixed, microchipped, and current on vaccines and parasite control. Healthy cats are happy cats!
Is your feline buddy due for an exam? Contact us, your Portland, OR animal clinic, today!