Anyone living in cities and suburban areas will know that keeping your cat happy indoors can sometimes be a challenging task. We can’t help but feel a little guilty when we see our beloved feline friends gazing wistfully out into the outside world, so it’s crucial that we make sure their lives in our homes are as happy as we possibly can. Here are our top tips on ‘cat-proofing’ your home to make sure it is the ideal urban oasis for your cat.
Keep Outdoor Areas Safe & Protected
If you have a balcony, terrace, or for those of you lucky enough to have gardens, there are ways that you can make these areas safe not just for our yourselves and your families, but also for your cats. As cats love nothing more than to relax outside and feel the sun on their fur you should make sure that your balconies are safe by filling any large gaps, or bars, with plants or nets to make sure your cat can’t accidentally fall through any holes.
With gardens and terraces building a pvc fence installation will ensure that your cat doesn’t escape and get lost. Whilst a building a fence will stop your cat from getting out of your garden it won’t necessarily stop any other animals from being able to get into your garden. Therefore whenever your cat is enjoying a little quality outdoor time, make sure you keep an eye on him.
Take Him for a Walk
Walking is not just for dogs and there are many benefits to taking your cat for a walk, even for those of you living in busy, urban areas. Many cat owners, these days, happily walk their cats in the street using a leash, so have a look online and find out a little more about how to go about this, if you’ve never done it before.
It is important to get a feel for your neighbourhood however and make sure that you’re not going to come across too many problems with any over-zealous dogs in your local area. Walking cats can be a really enjoyable way for them to enjoy the great outdoors, however the process does take some time for some cats to adjust to, so prepare yourself to exercise a little bit of patience. If you do live in an area with a lot of dogs you will probably want to consider transporting your cat to a slightly calmer area, or a quiet nearby park, before putting him on the leash for walk time.
Make Time to Play
All cat owners need to be making sure that each day there is some time set aside for playing with cats and showering them with affection and attention. Investing in a cat playstation, in order for them to explore is a great way to ensure that they have an area and space to play by themselves, but cat owners must never underestimate the importance of spending time playing with them too. Put a little research into the games that encourage them to stretch, chase and kick and use their motor skills to keep their minds active and their bodies healthy.
Our cats happiness is also greatly dependent on the food that we are feeding them in order to keep them healthy, happy and feeling strong. Make sure that your cat is always properly hydrated by feeding them with a wet food diet. As it can be tricky to ensure that our cats are drinking enough, a wet food diet means that you can be confident that your cat is properly hydrated and therefore in good health.