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Bringing An Outdoor Cat In
October 15, 2023

Have you recently decided to adopt a stray? Many of our feline patients were rescued from the streets. Adjusting to a new home is always a huge change for Fluffy. If she’s moving indoors after having become accustomed to living outdoors, the transition may be purrticularly difficult for her. A Potomac, MD vet offers some tips on making the adjustment in this article.

Start Small

If you have a large house, it may be overwhelming for your kitty to try to adjust to a big space. You’ll also need to keep your furry pal quarantined until your vet gives you the all clear. Start her out in a smaller area, such as a spare room or utility room. If your pet is nervous, win her over slowly. Food, treats, toys, catnip will all help. Talk to Fluffy in a gentle, friendly tone, but don’t force attention on her. Be sure to leave a light and radio on for her: nobody enjoys sitting alone in a dark, quiet room.

Make Indoor Life Fun

Believe it or not, sometimes former strays lose all desire to get outdoors. Some even become frightened of it. You can’t blame Fluffy for that: after all, if she associates being outdoors with being cold, hungry, and scared, it’s not hard to understand why she much prefers the life of a pampered pet. However, you’ll have better luck if you turn your home into a kitty luxury palace. Fortunately, that isn’t hard. Set out lots of beds, and provide things for your furball to climb, explore, and perch on. Toys and playtime are also crucial, as they provide beneficial mental stimulation.

Create A Catio

Catios are a great way to give an indoor cat a taste of the outside while keeping her safe. Pick a sunny spot, and add pet-safe plants and some kitty furniture. You can even build your own enclosure for Fluffy.

Take Precautions

While some cats adjust very well to the indoor life, others will try to get outdoors again. You’ll need to be careful when opening and closing doors. Of course, no matter how vigilant you are, there’s always a chance that Fluffy could dash out. If she hasn’t been microchipped, get that done right away. A GPS tag isn’t a bad idea either, though you may want to use a breakaway collar for safety purposes.

Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your Potomac, MD animal clinic, anytime!