Did you know that one of the best things you can do for your cat is to keep her inside? Fluffy is much safer staying indoors, where she is protected from cars, weather, predators, and other hazards. However, your kitty can still enjoy a little taste of nature. Read on as a Pasadena, MD vet offers some helpful tips on setting up a catio.
A patio is a great place for Fluffy’s catio. You can also use a spare bedroom, a sunroom, or even a bright corner. If you own your property, you can even build an outdoor enclosure, with a ‘doorway’ connecting through a window or doggy door.
Kitties love sniffing plants and hiding behind green leaves. Peeking out from behind fresh foliage definitely helps Fluffy unleash her inner lion. Set out some pet-safe plants for your feline buddy. Some good options are Boston ferns, Ponytail palms, Areca palms, and Spider plants. Many orchids are also safe. If you want to start an indoor herb garden, you can grow things like lemon balm, rosemary, parsley, and, of course, catnip. Just be sure to keep heavier plants on the floor or on sturdy pieces of furniture your kitty can’t reach. Wheat grass, or cat grass, is another great addition. Why not plant some seeds in an old litterbox or storage tote, and grow your furball her own little ‘lawn’ to lounge around on? You can find a full list of suitable options online at the ASPCA website here.
No catio is complete without some kitty furniture. If possible, put a cat tower in front of a window with a good view. That way Fluffy can combine her favorite ‘cativities:’ sunbathing, sleeping, and birdwatching. You can also add comfy beds, catwalks, pet tents or tipis, and, of course, some empty boxes. If you don’t have much room in your budget, go the DIY route and make your pet’s things. You’ll find some great ideas online! Set out a comfy chair or chaise for yourself as well.
Set out lots of fun toys for Fluffy. Catnip mice and plastic balls are fine, but you can also try something different. Put a mechanical ‘swimming’ fish in a large bowl, or set up an automated laser pointer.
Do you have questions about cat care? Contact us, your local Pasadena, MD vet clinic, today!