Happy cat, happy home

By Connie Orcutt • Published: August 1st, 2012
Category: Animal Airwaves

Living indoors is safest for kitty, but can you keep your cat inside and still let her live her feline fantasies? Yes. A happy kitty home is designed around natural feline behaviors. A screened-in porch or outdoor enclosure secure from predators can offer your cat the best of both worlds. Windowsill perches provide great views, and bird feeders or baths afford kitty entertainment while keeping wild animals safe. Kitty DVDs can even let your cat safely chase birds and bugs on TV.

Scratching posts serve double duty by saving your cat’s sanity and your furniture. From cat wands to paper bags, toys can stimulate both chase and hide behaviors. And routinely scheduling playtime with your cat will provide you both with mental stimulation and exercise. Finally, planters of catnip or cat grass will give your kitty a safe taste of the great outdoors.