indoor cat careIndoor cats have a reputation for being low-maintenance pets, but they actually do require a great deal of time, attention, and consideration. Sure, they may not stick a wet nose in your face at 5 a.m. to be let outside, but that doesn’t mean cats don’t have certain unique needs. Indoor cat care can be subtle at times, but for the health and wellbeing of your feline homebody, The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center believe it’s an important investment.

The Basics

The foundation of good health is strengthened with veterinary support. While an indoor cat may not have the same type of exposure to disease or parasites, it’s vitally important to receive routine medical care at least once a year. Through regular visits, we can determine baseline values that help chart a course of care for the future.

Also, indoor cats are not less immune to dental problems simply because they live inside. Access to dental care is important for all pets and must be part of indoor cat care.

Safety First

There’s no question that an indoor cat leads a safer life. Typically, an indoor cat isn’t high risk for car accidents, falls, or fights with other animals. The chances for exposure to dangerous illnesses and toxins are also much lower. However, it’s vital to indoor cat care to complete your cat’s vaccinations. Mosquitoes can follow us inside, rabid animals can find their way into the attic or crawlspace, and infestations of disease-carrying rodents can develop.

A Case for Microchips and More

Even if you don’t allow your indoor cat outside, he or she could still escape. Microchipping your cat is a great defense against your cat becoming lost and can help ensure a sweet reunion should you become separated.

Similarly, it may seem counterintuitive to spay or neuter a strictly indoor cat. Even if your cat is never near another intact cat, he or she can develop major health complications related to the reproductive system.

Indoor Cat Care 101

Now that you have vaccinations, dental care, microchips, and parasite prevention under control, the following elements are important to indoor cat care:

  • Proper nutrition and portion control
  • Access to meaningful exercise and mental stimulation
  • Lots of different toys
  • Perches, ledges, and kitty hideaways
  • Cat bedding and cozy furniture
  • Cat-safe plants for nibbling and sampling

Preventive Actions

Your sweet indoor cat deserves your time and attention to his or her every need. Part of why cats are so beloved is their mysterious nature, but that can make it hard to pick up subtle signs of sickness or unhappiness. Understanding your cat’s personality will help you succeed with indoor cat care. If you ever have any questions, The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center are here for you.