We all know that keeping a indoor cats is much safer than letting them go out to be stray cats. However, every coin has two sides. A lifestyle that can only live indoors is not without risks. Let’s analyse the health risk of keeping your cats indoor and how to prevent.
Stress and Anxious:
Outdoor free cats spend most of their time hunting, avoiding danger, scratching, climbing, marking their territory and observing the world they live in. But these activities are not possible and allowed for the indoors cats, which will induce bored and nervous.
To prevent feeling bored and anxious for your cat, you need to prepare more toys and cats supplies, including scraching board, litter box, cat climber, private space to hide, laser pen or some teaser. Enough space for your cat is the most important to playing and hiding. Keep your window closed but keep the window space for your cat to observe the outdoor world.
Obesity and Diabetes:
Indoor cats tend to be less active than those who roam outside, which have high risk to become overweight and then developing diabetes. Therefore, cat parent should make some decision and control the weight of your cat.
Control the calories your cat take in, do not leave the food outside for your cat to easy get. Increase the difficulty of finding food for your cat. And decrease the intake of treats for cat. When you are free, spend more time on playing with your cat for using laser pen or cat teaser, which will effectively help your cat control and lose weight to decrease the risk of getting diabetes.
But do not hesitate to seek a vet for help once your cat had any symptons of diabetes, like increased thirst and urination.
Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease
It is commonly diagnosed in middle-aged and indoor cats. With overweight, less exercise, using litter box, and stressful indoor keeping, your cat has high average risk to get a urinary tract disease. The symptons of Lower Urinary Tract Disease includes urinating small amounts frequently, painful urination, urinate outside of litterbox, and bloody urine, etc. which are painful and abnormal for your cat.
To treat this disease, controlling the weight, excercise more regularly, eating more wet food and drinking more water, keep the litter box clean.
No family can be completely risk-free for feline family member, but cat parents can take some actions and pay more attention to daily life supplies. Do not bring poisonous plants back home, like lily or tulip, which are poisonous to your cat. And buy only cat-friendly cleaning products. Keep all the pesticides or dangerous products locked in the cabinet. It is your responsibility to keep your cat safe indoors.
Keeping your cat indoor will be much better rather than letting it out. But you must pay more attention to your beloved cat to make sure the lower the risk.
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