The Benefits and Advantages of Owning an Indoor Cat
The want to provide outdoor experiences for the animals in your care is perfectly natural, but it’s not always the safest choice. Possible run-in’s with predators, exposure to toxins and parasites, and accidental injury are just a few of the reasons many cat owners decide to keep Fluffy inside the house. A strictly indoor cat continues to need special attention to health and wellness, and The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center hope to help you achieve those goals.
The Hard Truth
Due to the various potential risks awaiting your cat on the other side of the door, his or her longevity could be on the line. Whether it’s the alluring scent of antifreeze on your neighbor’s driveway or the coyote prowling your neighborhood after dark, your cat needs close supervision and protection. Also:
- Cats are often accidently struck by moving vehicles, especially at dawn and dusk when they are most active but less visible to drivers.
- Fights with feral animals can expose your cat to contagious diseases, such as rabies, feline upper respiratory viruses, feline immunodeficiency virus, or feline leukemia.
- Allowing your cat to roam freely through the neighborhood invites the possibility of eating poisonous plants.
- The great outdoors harbors loads of parasites, especially in the coming months. Fleas, ticks, heartworms, and intestinal parasites are all serious threats to your cat’s health.
- Cats can easily get lost or go missing without proper identification.
Protection for Your Indoor Cat
While the above concerns focus on protecting an indoor-outdoor cat, your strictly indoor cat requires similar attention. In the case of mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks, many risks can follow you home and place your cat at risk. As a result, we recommend:
- Keep your indoor cat up-to-date on all core vaccinations, such as rabies and distemper.
- Maintain year-round parasite prevention to reduce problems associated with a flea infestation.
- Update any microchip contact information in case your cat is captured by animal control or a good Samaritan. A collar showing that he or she belongs to you will also help.
Caring for an indoor cat is one of life’s richest experiences. To help your cat have the fullest, healthiest life possible, it’s important to maintain annual wellness checks. That way, we can assess nutrition, diet, exercise, mental stimulation, and any strange behaviors. We can also discuss eating habits, litter box routines, sleeping patterns, and socialization.
Lastly, an indoor cat is just as susceptible to dental disease as a cat that’s allowed to wander. When paired with regular professional exams and cleanings, daily attention to your cat’s teeth and gums will help your cat live a long, healthy life.
The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center is a cat friendly practice and hope to support your indoor cat through all the stages of his or her life. Kittens, of course, come with a different set of requirements than, say, senior cats. No matter what age, your indoor cat will benefit from love, affection, and companionship in your home.
Please let us know if we can help you with any questions or concerns.
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