Indoor Cats - Good or Bad?

The RSPCA recommends pet owners keep their cats indoors from dawn to dusk. Many people are now choosing to keep their cats indoors at all times. Why?

  • An indoor cat has less chance of getting injured or killed on the roads
  • An indoor cat has less chance of contracting diseases
  • Less risk to native wildlife

Cat FurnitureA cat with a well set up indoor household can have a very happy and long life. Here's some of the things to consider when setting up home for your new kitten or cat:

  • Cat scratching poles or furniture: An extensive range of types, at various prices and sizes are available. Depending on the type you chooses, your cat can use these to both exercise on, sleep in, and scratch their claws on. Scratching is a natural instinct for your cat. Providing a scratching pole helps prevent your cat from scratching other household items. Using Catnip spray can help attract your cat to the correct toys to play and scratch with.
  • Provide a variety of toys for you and your kitten or cat to play with. Swap the toys to prevent them getting bored with them. Many toys are now available which allow you to play interactively with your cats - e.g. laser lights, catnip infused bubble blowers, toy mice which pop out and squeak when you press a button. Cat tunnels are also excellent and fun toys to have for your cat to play in.
  • Cat harnesses and leads are also available which allow you to safely take your cat into the garden.
  • Consider using specialised indoor cat formula food. These are scientifically designed for the nutritional requirements of indoor cats.

So, the New Indoor Cat Essentials are:

  • Premium Quality Food
  • Litter Tray & Litter
  • Collar with bell - just in case your cat does go outside
  • Carry cage for transport visits to the vet
  • Food and water bowls
  • A visit to the vet for a health check and vaccinations
  • Flea, tick and worming treatments

** DISCLAIMER: This article is the personal opinion of the Pets Unleashed team. We always recommend seeking specialist or veterinarian advice when it comes to making decisions about the health or well-being of your pet, particularly in respect to any symptoms that may require diagnosis or medical attention.