Did you know that the average life expectancy of an outdoor cat is only severn years?
Indoor cats, on the other hand, live up to the age of fifteen! So going outdoors actually reduces a cat’s life expectancy by half. Cats don’t need to roam outside freely to be happy and fulfilled with their lives.
In fact, indoor kitties are just as happy as outdoor cats!
Outdoor cats have a lower life expectancy because there’s an increased risk of injury, infection, traffic accidents, dog attacks, cat fights, poisoning, etc. when your cat is roaming about outdoors.
In this blog post, we will go over how you can make your indoor cat’s life more fulfilling that it may be.
Keep reading to know more.
Create an Interesting Environment for Your Kitty
Cats love to interact with their environment. Boring surroundings translate to a bored kitty who doesn’t get the mental stimulation it needs.
You can create an interesting space for your feline friend by building an enclosure or a cat-proof fence around your property. This can be as simple or as complex as you’d like. Some people go all out on this, take this man for example:
Don’t forget to contact your local council about building guidelines and regulations! You don’t want to have a building violation because of your cat!
You can furnish your cat’s space with things that your kitty may find interesting or enticing, like a cat tree, scratching poles, platforms, cat toys, etc. You can be as creative with this space as you’d like to be.
Don’t forget to put in a regularly cleaned litter tray and fresh water!
Of course, if you’re on the lookout for design inspiration, you can always take a look at some of them on Pinterest.
Provide Your Kitty With the Companionship it Needs
While cats aren’t as social as dogs, they still need some TLC every now and again. Some cats prefer having their own space, while others need to socialise with more often.
Make sure to spend a lot of time with your cat to keep it happy and satisfied. You can do this by:
- Cuddling and napping with your cat.
- Playing some games with cat toys.
- Snuggling and watching Netflix together.
- Grooming your cat.
- Talking to your cat and cooing at it every once in a while.
Spending quality time with your kitty can ensure its overall health and wellbeing. It is also a great stress reliever for humans.
So, isn’t that a win-win!?
Cats Love High Resting Places
There are several reasons why cats like sitting at high resting places. Watching dogs fight and things go down seems to be one of them.
It’s no secret that cats love to perch high. Here are some spaces that your kitty will love:
- Tall scratching post.
- Safe window ledge.
- Non-slip shelf.
- Tree-standing cupboard.
Try to include high resting places for your cat in its space to make sure it can keep itself entertained for a few hours.
Let Your Cat Forage for Food
Did you know that wild cats spend up to six hours a day looking for food?
This time includes the time spent hunting, stalking, and consuming the prey. Of course, our house cats don’t need to do that since they’re served food on the platter.
However, this isn’t great for your cat’s overall wellbeing.
You can include food foraging activities to your cat’s routine to help keep her occupied. Here’s how you can do that:
- Hide dry cat biscuits and treats around the house.
- Throw large treats at your cat and let it chase after them. This engages your cat’s natural instincts.
- Get some interactive toys for your kitty.
Play Videos for Cats
An iPad is a great tool to keep your cat engaged for hours! This video is evidence of just that.
If you have an old yet functional iPad laying around your house, you can give it to your cat and let it have some fun.
All in All: Here’s How to Keep Your Indoor Cat Happy
Did we cover everything you needed to know?
Most people believe that indoor cats have a poor quality of life since they don’t get to go out and experience the world. However, studies suggest that indoor cats live longer and are healthier than outdoor cats.
You can make sure your indoor cat is happy and fulfilled with its life by following the tips in the article.
Do you have questions? Feel free to leave them in the comments, and we will get back to you!