Allowing a cat to spend time outdoors may work for some people, but it is generally much safer for kitties to remain indoors. If your neighborhood has grown increasingly busy or if you know you’re going to be moving to an apartment or another area in the near future, you may want to train your cat to play indoors. Although this feat can be difficult, Catster Magazine reports there are ways to have a successful transition.
If possible, it’s best to try and start the transition from outdoor to in during the colder months when it’s naturally less appealing for your cat to be outside. If you previously let your kitty out for a few hours each day in the winter, simply stop doing it this time around. The cat may whine, beg or even scratch at the door to try and have you let it out, but don’t give in. Instead, try to distract the cat with new pet products or toys that will keep it engaged until it forgets it wanted to go out.
Pick up new pet items
Part of the fun of being outdoors for cats is that they are able to roam around, climbing trees and getting into trouble. A great way to help re-create this adventurous lifestyle inside is to purchase certain cat trees or structures the feline can use. There are many options for cat trees on the market, many that offer interactive features including rope toys to play with, built-in scratching posts and even cozy hideaways for afternoon naps.
Let there be light
Keeping a cat content inside may also be made easier if you give it a suitable spot to watch what’s happening outdoors. Investing in a window perch for the kitty may be best. Catster suggests placing the perch in a window that gets plenty of sunshine so it is able to feel the warmth of the outdoors from a much safer area.
Educate your family and friends
An important part of good pet care during this transition is to keep friends and family informed of the change. If your kids and close friends are used to letting kitty go in and out when it cries at the door, it may take some getting used to to say “no.” Placing signs on all doors and keeping certain entrances locked at all times may keep cat escapes at bay.