Are you about to adopt a cat? You already know which association to direct you to. You may already have had some answers to your questions about living with a cat, but how do you know if it will be happy if it stays indoors?
We often tend to think that a cat in an apartment can be unhappy not to go out, run and hunt as his instincts might dictate, yet we also know that some cats do not always like to put their paws outside and enjoy themselves. very warm. Of course, when adopting a cat, (more true for cats already a few years old), it is best to learn about their habits. A cat who likes to go out, hunt or climb trees, and who had this habit in his former life, will have a harder time getting used to indoor confinement. If you live in an apartment or a house but it is dangerous to let an animal out, be sure to choose a rather “indoor” cat.
Confidence in your indoor cat
Don’t get hung up on the idea that a feline is unhappy if it doesn’t come out. If he’s been used to living like this since he was little, that won’t be a problem for him. The important thing is that he has enough space for him in your home. Make sure you provide him with a quiet area for his bowls. He will also need enough space to be able to run (during his famous “quarter hour of madness”!).
He must be able to come and go running without being hindered in his course.
Also prepare small quiet corners in which he will go and hide to rest in peace. You can choose these spots yourself, but it’s best to wait and see where your cat likes to curl up during naps.
Provide high furniture or chairs placed in front of one or more windows. This will allow your cat to watch what’s going on outside while staying warm, dry and safe.
The indoor cat is a safe animal
The best thing about an indoor cat, of course, is safety. There is no risk of having a bad encounter (wild animal, dog, poisoner, torturer of animals).
There is obviously less risk of your cat being hit by a vehicle either.
Do not think that a cat always sticks around its home. Everyone has their own habits. While some will be less reckless and stick to their backyards, others will travel miles and cross dangerous roads.
Sometimes the cat is a homebody. He descends more from the “living room tiger” than from the backpacking tomcat.
It happens that after living in an apartment without an exterior, Mistigri is stressed about being in a pavilion with a garden. Its territory to protect is larger, and the other cats in the neighborhood are anxiety-provoking elements.
Indoor or outdoor cat: everyone has their own character
The cat is known to be a free animal, choosing whom to live with and not the other way around.
If your kitty absolutely doesn’t want to stay locked up in your house, you won’t be able to fight. So, take some precautions.
As soon as he arrives, and for several months, be sure to close the windows in the rooms where he is.
It takes him time to understand how his environment is made.
He’ll watch what’s going on through the windows for hours. He will “scan” the surroundings.
You can then leave it out in your garden or on your balcony.
Once ready to go out and stretch his paws outside, he will not be afraid. He will know where he is and how to get to safety if he is afraid.
If you decide that your cat will be spending most of the day or night outside, be sure to sterilize her. You will thus avoid many disappointments! His identification is compulsory. It must be listed in the I-CAD (Identification of Domestic Carnivores). This allows any vet to contact you if they are ever found on the street.