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Creating a Purrfect Catio

Do you keep your kitty indoors? If so, you’re definitely helping your pet stay safe and healthy. Outdoor cats face some very serious dangers, such as weather, cars, predators, and parasites, to name a few. However, indoor kitties don’t get as much stimulation or activity as outdoor cats. One way to solve this is to make your furball a catio. A Temecula, CA vet discusses catios in this article.

Choosing The Space

Screened-in patios or enclosed porches or sunrooms are great places for catios. However, there are other options. You can use a spare bedroom, or even just a bright corner. Choose a spot with lots of natural light, and, if possible, a good view. If you’re feeling really adventurous, you can build your kitty her own enclosure. Look online for ideas and instructions.

Plants

Cats love to sniff and nibble on plants. Fluffy is also fond of hiding behind green leaves to spy on her humans and pretend she is a ferocious predator. Just be sure to choose only pet-safe plants: many popular plants and flowers are actually toxic to kitties. Some good options are Boston ferns, Spider plants, Rubber tree plants, Money trees, and African violets. Catnip is also a must. You can easily grow your own in small pots. Cat grass—which is known as wheat grass in non-kitty terms—is another great choice. The ASPCA website has a full list of safe and unsafe plants. Choose pots that are either quite small or very large. Our furry pals can get seriously hurt by knocking plant pots over on themselves!

Purrniture

The next step is to add some kitty furniture. Cat towers are great, as they offer kitties napping spots, jungle gyms, scratching posts, and high vantage points. Fluffy may also enjoy pet tents or tipis, catwalks, and scratching posts. You’ll also want to incorporate some soft beds, and perhaps a window seat. Choose a few comfy things for yourself as well. Catios make great reading spots and coffee nooks!

Entertainment

Fluffy will need some entertainment options for her catio. Set out lots of fun toys for your cute pet to play with. Your furry buddy will also appreciate live entertainment. Put a birdfeeder up where your pet can see it. Cats can spend hours just sunbathing and birdwatching!

Please contact us, your Temecula, CA pet hospital, anytime. We’re here to help!

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