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Southlake Animal Hospital

3570 E. Lincoln Hwy
Merrillville, IN 46410

Bringing an Outdoor Cat In

May 1 2017

Have you decided to keep your feline buddy indoors? Are you in the process of adopting a cute stray? Kitties are quite self-sufficient and independent, but these curious little furballs are much safer living indoors. However, Fluffy may not agree with your decision, especially if she’s been allowed outside in the past. Read on as a Crown Point, IN vet offers tips on bringing an outside cat in.

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If Fluffy has all the luxuries a cat could want, the outdoor life may soon start losing its allure. What does it take to make your home into a fun, luxurious kitty palace? It may be easier than you think! Set out plenty of cozy beds and napping spots for your furball, and provide at least one good window view. It’s also important to offer your kitty lots of toys, and take time to play with her regularly. Your feline pal will also appreciate having some kitty furniture, like a cat tower or pet tent. If you are working with a small budget, look online for great DIY ideas. You may be surprised at how many things can be repurposed for kitties. Last but not least, set out some pet-safe plants for your cat, so she can get a taste of the outdoors.

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Cats that go outdoors are much more likely to get lost or hurt, or pick up nasty parasites. Schedule a veterinary exam for your feline buddy, and make sure she is up to date on her vaccinations and parasite control products. If you have other pets, keep them current as well, and don’t let Fluffy interact with her new roommates until your vet gives the all-clear.

Discourage Escape Attempts

It may take Fluffy a while to accept the fact that she is an indoor kitty now. To help speed up the process, you’ll want to make your furball a bit wary of the door. Never punish your frisky pet for getting too close to the exit: this will just make her want to get out even more! Instead, make a loud noise or squirt her with water. This won’t hurt your feline friend, but it will annoy her, which should make her sufficiently suspicious of the door.

Please contact us, your Crown Point, IN animal clinic, for all of your feline pal’s veterinary care needs. We are always here to help!

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