Keeping a cat indoors can have a tremendously positive effect on the cat’s lifelong health and happiness
Indoor cats are far less exposed to the risks posed by outdoor activity, including diseases, fleas and ticks, exposure to harmful substances, fights with other animals, and more.
However, keeping a cat indoors has its own challenges, including maintaining exercise and preventing boredom.
Learning how to keep a cat indoors will allow your pet to live a long, safe, happy life.
Close all doors and windows
Look around before opening any door to ensure your cat is not nearby, or at the very least, is preoccupied in playing with a toy.
If you need to open a window, ensure it has a screen secured over it
Limit access to exits
If possible, secure the space in which the door leading outside is situated.
For instance, if your foyer has an inner door (leading into the home) and an outer door (leading outside), close the inner door and ensure your cat is not in the foyer with you before opening the outer door to leave.
When opening windows that do not have window screens, first check the room to ensure the cat is not there, then close the door to the room in which you’re opening the window.
Install an electronic pet door
If you have a pet door in your house that you’re worried your cat might escape through, swap it out for an electronic pet door instead.
This will allow you to lock the pet door during certain times and open it during other times
Some electronic pet doors allow you to equip one pet with an electronic signal key that will open the door for it, but not for the cat you want to keep indoors.