Having our furry little friends stay inside our houses is a great way to release stress at the end of a tiring day. It’s no secret how cats have become popular in being the ultimate indoor pet, as they are usually low-maintenance, clean, and highly adaptable to their surroundings.
Come nighttime, cats tend to be very playful and active. Being adorable little creatures, cats need to sleep for almost 12-16 hours everyday. All that sleeping requires physical activities that your cat can surely benefit from, and if you’re planning on making your cat stay permanently stay indoors, here are some ways for you to keep your cat happy and healthy inside your home.
1. Spoil him with toys
Toys are the best way to put a cat’s natural “predator” instinct on overdrive. Put toys for your cat to hide and recover, place toys for your cat to paw around with, and toys for him to chase. Watch him stalk a rubber toy mouse with delight. Make him chase a red dot from a laser pointer with so much tenacity. All these activities make your cat feel like he’s living in his natural habitat, making him feel more at ease and more entertained.
Toys such as the Our Pets Interactive Cat Toy Play-N-Squeak Tail Spin, which features a moving mouse tail and a squeaking mouse inside; or the FroliCat BOLT Interactive Laser Pet Toy are both fine choices if you want to go the interactive route. And of course, if you’d rather go the old fashioned route, a time-tested favorite: Realistic Fur Mice
2. Introduce catnip
The ever famous catnip is a phenom when it comes to making cats relaxed and extremely happy. Catnip is an herb that triggers a calming effect on cats, so if you want to make your cat happy indoors, one way is for you to put catnip in his toys. You can also rub the fresh herb on places where your cat normally plays, sleeps, and eats.
We recommend Cosmic Catnip 4-Ounce Jars for a reasonably priced brand that cats seem to go crazy for.
3. Make him climb
Cats like to be active, and one way for you to incorporate exercise into his daily activity would be to make him climb. Pet stores now offer high scratching posts that will enable your cat to scratch and then climb, making it the perfect tool for exercise and also play.
Having a cat inside the home is a great way for you to interact with you cat and get to know him a whole lot better. Small gestures such as petting, stroking, and grooming your cat will make him feel happy and content. Make sure you give him enough attention by playing with him every opportunity you get. This is going to guarantee your cat a healthier, longer, and a happier life.
Joanne is an avid animal lover, and enjoys underfloor heating to keep her place warm for her family and her three Persian cats.