Living with cats: Indoor cats

Updated: Sep 14, 2019

Cats are wonderful animals for those who seek furry companionship. When they are small they are furry balls of cuteness with legs that make your heart melt. Before you rush out and get a cat though you have to consider all the factors of owning a cat. A cat is not a possession, it is a living creature that you have to love and care for, if you are just looking for something cute to look at and not have to worry about maintenance then maybe you should get a 'plushie' cat instead.

My husband and I are living with cats, two beautiful indoor cats, Midnight Gromit and Zorro Zita who we couldn't imagine our lives without. Being able to have a cat in your life is a wonderful thing, cats are not just pets they also become your friends, they are there when you need some furry hugs to cheer you up or when you just want to chill and watch TV with your furry lap buddy.

There is a lot of responsibility that comes with having a cat, like providing food, changing litter trays, providing entertainment, security, health services and most importantly LOVE. Before you bring home your new friend you should make sure you have all the essential items ready to take care of them.

Things you definitely need:

  • Toys

  • Food

  • Cat bed

  • Litter tray & Litter

  • Food & water bowl

  • Worming & Flea solutions

Tips for happy cats:

  • Invest in scratching posts

  • Plant some catnip in some pots

  • Bring the outdoors in (branches etc)

  • Spend some time with your furry friends each day

  • Buy a few toys - helps with mental stimulation

  • Provide hiding places (cardboard boxes etc)

  • Desexing/neutering (Optional, but recommended. Desexing prevent those annoying cats hanging round your house howling when your cat goes into heat. Reduces the risk of your cat getting urinary infections, breast cancer also it will stop that horrible howling and urinating on everything that they do when in heat)

Cat Proofing

  • Secure all windows/doors so that your furry friend doesn't wander outside or fall from a window, especially near busy roads. Some houses have windows that can be locked to only open a certain amount, this lets ventilation in but keeps the cats from going out. You can also purchase screens and such for doors and windows.

  • Make sure all chemicals and choking hazards put away securely.

  • Protect your cables, tuck them out of site or you may want to think about investing in some cable protectors to prevent kitty nibbling.

  • Don't leave clothes lying around, put everything away or kitty may just take a nap on them and leave your clothes a little more furrier than usual.

  • Cats love to hide in dark, quiet places so be sure to look inside the dryer/washing machine before use or just keep the door closed when not in use.

Cats and Plants

The following list of plants are plants that are toxic for cats but are the most common plants for indoors.

  • Amaryllis

  • Autumn Crocus

  • Azaleas and Rhododendrons

  • Castor Bean

  • Chrysanthemum

  • Cyclamen

  • English Ivy

  • Kalanchoe

  • Lilies

  • Marijuana

  • Oleander

  • Peace Lily

  • Pothos

  • Sago Palm

  • Spanish thyme

  • Tulip and Narcissus bulbs

  • Yew

For a complete list of plants that are poisonous to cats please visit the full list here: Cats.org

Pros

  • Less likely to get fleas/worms

  • Less likely to be stolen by people

  • Unlikely to contract feline AIDS

  • Not exposed to the dangers of traffic

  • Not exposed to the dangers of wild animals

Cons

  • May chew cables

  • May be clingy at times

  • Cats may gain weight

  • Changing litter trays

  • Vet bills can be expensive

  • OMG THE FUR IS ON EVERYTHING!!

  • May destroy furniture/wallpaper/door frames/carpet

  • Having to secure every window and door to prevent escape

Remember

Indoor environments can be just as dangerous as outdoors; some common sources of accidents and poisoning can be found within the home so make sure to put away any chemicals, choking hazards and medications so that you see to prevent any unwanted accidents and be sure that any indoor plants you have are suitable to have in the house with your cats after all you want your kitty to be safe as well as happy.

Being a responsible pet owner does not mean that if you get sick of looking after your pet or it does something you don't like then you should just trade in for a new version. If you think that all of the above is too much then its probably best to put off getting any pet until you are ready to take it all on. Cats need a lot of love and attention like any animal and sometimes they can be downright pains in the butt. To me our furry little pains in the butt are totally worth it all as we couldn't imagine our lives without them.

So please if you are going to get a cat or any pet for that matter be a responsible pet owner, look after your pets and most importantly love them...

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