Diy cat condo ideas
Plant cat grass (available from pet supply stores) in indoor pots so your feline can graze.
Buy a ready-made cat tree (often called a «kitty condo»), or make your own.
A cat treecan be short, or may stretch from floor to ceiling. It provides grand climbing opportunities and, in multi-cat households, creates more frolic and relax areas by taking advantage of vertical space. If you can, locate the cat tree next to a window so your cat can watch the action outdoors.
Install a perch indoors near a sunny window; padded perches can be purchased at numerous pet supply stores or through catalog retailers.
Another option is an enclosure that sits in a window frame (much love an air conditioning unit) and provides a secure space in which your kitty can hang out. Larger perches can attach to the side of a home or ground-floor apartment patio.
Walk this way
If you live in a peaceful neighborhood in which you can stroll without encountering loose dogs, consider buying a harness and training your cat to stroll on a leash.
This training takes time and patience, for both you and the cat, and it’s easiest when your cat is young. Some cats can even be harnessed and tied to a stationary object to enjoy the outdoors while you are gardening nearby (but be certain to never leave your cat alone while they are tethered).
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Play with your cat each day.
Attempt diverse types of toys that permit your cat to stalk, chase, pounce and kick. When you’ve tired out your cat, store toysthat could harm them (such as toys with strings attached) out of reach. When you can’t be there to supervise, leave out «toys» such as paper bags (with the handles removed) or cardboard boxes. Be certain to switch the toys from time to time so that they seem «new» and more exciting to your cat.
Good fences = happy kitties
Provide a screened porch for your cat to experience the outdoors safely. Consider building or purchasing a «catio» or similar enclosure to permit your cat to get a taste of the exterior without the risks.
A regular fence may not prevent other animals from entering your yard, so you should always be present when you permit your cat exterior in your yard.
Be certain to cat-proof the yard by checking that your fence has no escape routes and by making toxic plants, garden chemicals and other dangerous objects inaccessible.
Start ’em young
Kittens who are kept indoors are generally happy to stay there as they grow up.