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Creating the Purrfect Catio

Do you keep your kitty indoors? If so, that’s great! Cats are more independent than many pets: Fluffy is a skilled hunter, after all. However, our feline pals aren’t quite as ferocious as they want us to think. They face some serious dangers outside, and are both safer and healthier living indoors. That doesn’t mean your cat can’t enjoy a taste of nature, though. If you really want to pamper your furry pal, consider turning a screened porch, spare room, or even a sunny corner into a catio. A Downey, CA vet offers tips on creating a catio in this article.

Plants

Plants can really transform a space, and can give any room a fresh, cozy look. Set out some pet-safe plants for Fluffy to nibble on and hide behind. Spider plants, Boston ferns, African violets, Areca palms, Money tree plants, Rubber tree plants, and Ponytail palms are all good options, but there are many more. (Tip: the ASPCA has a great directory of both safe and unsafe plants here.) Another thing you may want to try is planting a bed of wheat grass in an old litterbox or storage tote. Once it’s grown out, your furry little buddy will have her own little lawn to look adorable on.

Toys

Toys are very important for your furry friend’s health and well-being. Make sure that your furball’s catio contains lots of fun playthings. Classic kitty toys, like plastic balls and catnip mice, will always be popular, but you can also offer your playful pet sometime modern, like an automated laser pointer, robotic mouse, or mechanical ‘swimming’ fish.

Purrniture

Be sure to add some kitty furniture to the catio. Fluffy certainly isn’t shy about napping on our couches, chairs, sofas, beds, or, well, pretty much anything else we own. However, your feline buddy will also enjoy—and benefit from—having some things that were made specifically for her, such as kitty tents, catwalks, pet tipis, and, of course, a good scratching post. Your cute pet will also appreciate a cat tower, and some comfy beds.

View

Kitties really enjoy watching birds and squirrels. Put a birdfeeder up in your feline friend’s line of sight. Fluffy may spend hours just daydreaming, birdwatching, and pretending to be a vicious hunter.

Please contact us, your Downey, CA vet clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day

Did you know that there’s a special kitty holiday coming up? January 22nd is Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day! Kitties are very inquisitive by nature, so it’s no wonder that there’s now a day dedicated to their nosy streak. A Norwalk, CA vet lists some things we suspect our feline patients would be curious about in this article.

Where Are My Toys?

Making sure your furball has lots of fun toys to pounce on is very important for both her physical and mental health. However, Fluffy does have a habit of immediately pushing said toys under the couch. You may find a small mountain of catnip mice under the sofa when you move it!

Why Can’t I Sit There?

Cats live by their own rules. We’re pretty sure that they left the concept of boundaries out of the guidebook. You may find Fluffy sitting on your computer, or relaxing on the table. If you move your precocious pet, you may very well get an adorable meow of protest!

Where Do You Go?

Cats have a reputation for being independent, but they do get extremely attached to their owners. Fluffy can feel lonely, sad, or anxious when left by herself. Make your kitty’s alone time easier for her by leaving out lots of toys for her to play with. A good window seat will help as well. Our feline friends can spend hours just watching birds and squirrels! You may also want to leave a light on, and keep a radio or TV playing.

Why Do You Make Me Go In The Car?

Taking Fluffy to the vet regularly is very important. However, she may be less than thrilled about her appointments, particularly the car ride part. To make the trip a little easier on your kitty, put soft bedding in her carrier, and put some toys in it. Keep a window cracked for air flow, and play something soft on the radio.

Why Did My Calculations Fail?

Some kitties are lithe and graceful, capable of performing amazing gymnastics. Others? Not so much. If your furball is a bit clutzy, she may not really understand why she keeps missing her jumps or falling off the couch.

That covers Fluffy’s questions, but what about yours? Please contact us with any questions about your cat’s health or care. As your Norwalk, CA, vet clinic, we’re happy to help!

Keeping an Indoor Cat Content

Do you keep your feline pal indoors? Fluffy may love going outdoors, so she can leave paw prints on your windshield, roll around in the driveway, and refuse to come in when called, but she’s really much safer living indoors. As soon as your pet sets her cute little paws outside, she faces some very serious dangers, such as cars, wildlife, and weather, to name a few. However, indoor cats don’t get as much exercise or stimulation as outdoor kitties. In order to keep your cute pet happy and healthy, you’ll need to keep her both comfortable and entertained. Read on as a Downey, CA vet discusses keeping an indoor kitty purring.

Toys

Toys aren’t just fun for kitties: they’re actually very beneficial for them! Playing keeps cats active, which is great for them physically. Playtime also gives your furry pal beneficial mental stimulation, and offers her a healthy way to unleash her inner predator. Offer Fluffy lots of toys, and take time to play with her every day.

Window View

One way to prevent kitty boredom is to offer your furball a comfy window seat with an interesting view. Fluffy can spend hours just watching birds and squirrels!

Beds, Beds, and More Beds

Kitties take their beauty rest very, very seriously. Fluffy can sleep up to 20 hours a day, though most of our feline buddies average about 14 hours. Offer your drowsy pet lots of comfy beds and napping spots.

Cat Furniture

Kitties really do benefit from having things that were made specifically to suit them. Cat towers are great, as they offer your furry buddy a lookout spot, nail-care station, napping spot, and jungle gym, all in one. Fluffy may also enjoy kitty condos, cat shelves, or pet tents. If you’re trying to save money, look online for DIY ideas. You may be surprised at how many great options you can find!

Kitty Comforts

Always keep your furball’s comfort and safety in mind. Do some basic kittyproofing, and remove anything that could be dangerous, such as toxic plants, small or sharp objects, and plastic wrappers. When you leave your feline friend home alone, keep your climate control running, and turn a TV or radio on for background noise to soothe her.

Please contact us, your Downey, CA pet clinic, for all of your cat’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!