Indoor cats enjoy extra comfort and safety from many diseases, predators and other hazards — like cars — that outdoor cats must face. In fact, cats kept exclusively indoors live, on average, at least twice as long as outdoor cats. But indoor cats face their own set of challenges. Learn more about indoor cat care and how you can make your indoor pet as healthy and happy as possible.
Indoor cats are far less active because they encounter fewer stimuli and have less space to roam than their outdoor counterparts. To make up for the less-active lifestyle, you should try to play with your cat, for at least 20 to 30 minutes per day.
Try to keep your cat’s play routine new and different. Try new rooms, new variations of games and even new toys. Something as simple as a laundry basket can become a cat’s new favourite toy. Also, check on your cat’s weight at the annual vet visit to make sure your cat is maintaining a healthy size.
A Little Hideaway
Cats need somewhere they know they can go to feel safe and secure. This is especially important in households with other cats, dogs or young children. A perch high in a bookshelf or closet is ideal because it’s safe from dogs and kids, and because your cat can look out over the room while resting.
Litter Tray Needs
A clean litter tray is essential to your cat’s comfort and health. Supply at least one tray per cat. The litter should be changed daily – cats will not use a soiled tray and inappropriate urinating in the house can occur as most cats prefer not to use a tray that has been used already.
Skin and Coat Needs
The condition of your cat’s skin and fur is one of the best indicators of nutrition and well-being. Many indoor cats can develop dull fur or have issues with dry, irritated, flaky skin. These conditions can be caused by dry air from indoor heating and cooling.
In some cases, a dull coat and unhealthy skin might indicate a nutrition deficiency. NUTROTM Cat Food contains optimum levels of zinc and linoleic acid (an omega-6 fatty acid) that help enhance fur’s shine, decrease dander and improve cats’ skin moisture barrier.
Also, make sure to brush your cat sometime between once a day and once a week, depending on fur length and density. Indoor cats groom more frequently than outdoor cats, so helping remove extra hair, especially during shedding seasons, cuts down on hairball formation.
Because indoor cats generally use less energy, they need more protein and fewer calories. They also need a healthy water intake, which can be boosted with a mixed dry/wet-food diet. Always remember to make sure your cat has access to fresh, clean water. Learn more about the varieties of NUTRO TM Cat Food, to help you find the right high-quality, natural cat food for your indoor cat.