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Is a Cat Enclosure Right for Your Cat?

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3 Tips for Indoor Cat Enrichment

Keeping your indoor cat happy and stimulated is simple when you follow these three enrichment tips.

  1. Offer a Selection of Toys. Provide plenty of toys to keep your pet busy. Cats love toys that offer ample opportunity for chasing and pouncing, such as lasers, fishing poles, battery-operated mice, or other types of toys that move on their own. Since lasers and fishing poles require your involvement, they help strengthen your relationship with your furry friend.
  2. Encourage Your Climber. Cats enjoy climbing and viewing their surroundings from the highest spot in the room. Exploring and climbing not only helps your cat get adequate exercise, but also keeps her active and alert. Add cat condos and trees to your home to encourage climbing, or build your own cat climbing system with leftover lumber from your cat enclosure project.
  3. Bring Home a Friend. Everything is more fun when you have a friend along, whether you are a human or a feline. Life can get boring for an only cat, particularly if you are at school or work for long hours. When you add a second cat to your family, your pets will fill the hours that you are away playing, chasing, and grooming each other.

A cat enclosure offers the perfect way for your favorite feline to enjoy a little outdoor time without being subjected to the dangers of the real world. Before you make the decision about adding an enclosure to your property, consider these facts.

Free Access to the Outdoors Can Decrease a Cat's Lifespan

Free roaming cats are subject to many dangers, including:

Adding an enclosure protects your pet from these dangers and helps ensure that you have many years to spend with your furry friend.

Cats Are Adaptable

If your cat currently spends a lot of time outdoors unsupervised, you may be concerned that it will not react well to being deprived of the ability to come and go freely. Fortunately, most cats are very adaptable and adjust to life indoors within a few months. Building an enclosure gives your pet plenty of time to spend outdoors without any of the risks.

Enclosures Provide Exercise and Stimulation for Indoor Cats

Keeping your indoor cat stimulated can be a challenge at times. An outdoor cat enclosure offers the perfect spot for hours of bird or squirrel watching and helps your cat stay active and engaged.

Things to Think About When Building or Buying a Cat Enclosure

Do you have a question about your cat's health or behavior? Call us and let us know how we can help you and your pet.

Sources:

CatTime.com: Debating Keeping Your Cat Indoors or Letting Them Outside Sometimes?

http://cattime.com/cat-facts/health/78-indoor-outdoor-cats

The Marin Humane Society: Cat Enclosures

http://www.marinhumanesociety.org/site/c.aiIOI3NLKgKYF/b.9152619/k.946D/Cat_Enclosures.htm

American Humane Association: Indoor Cats vs. Outdoor Cats

http://www.americanhumane.org/animals/adoption-pet-care/caring-for-your-pet/indoor-cats-vs-outdoor-cats.html

WebMD: Should You Have an Indoor Cat or Outdoor Cat?

http://pets.webmd.com/cats/features/should-you-have-an-indoor-cat-or-an-outdoor-cat

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