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Cats and Condos - 5 Things You Need to Know

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Living in the Lower Mainland means that many of us live in apartments and condos. Whether we live in studio apartments or penthouse condos, we like dwelling with our favorite furry felines. And this is great, especially since having a pet is known to be psychologically beneficial for us owners. Additionally, cats are among the best suited of all companion animals to living their lives entirely inside of an apartment or other small abode. Why? Simply put, they are safer. With the wide variety of high quality food and toy options available, cats don’t need to be outside to live a full and enjoyable life. With the proper healthcare and TLC, kitties are perfectly happy indoors.

 


However, cats are still cats. They instinctively want to stalk, hunt, scratch and explore, so it’s important for you to address these needs. To help with this, here are a few tips for caring for your cat in your condo.

1. Playtime - It’s important that your cat gets exercise, so all his energy doesn’t go into scratching up your furniture (read our tips on reducing scratching). Consider having a few toys at home to keep him interested and also a little one-on-one playtime with you. Using a string-like toy that he can chase, grab, bite, will make for one happy kitty. Just keep your fingers to yourself during this playtime.

2. Cats like friends too - If you are gone most of the day, as many of us are, it can be wonderful for a cat to have another feline friend in the house. Ensure they are introduced gently and properly, and you’ll have content kitties. Since cats are nocturnal, they will get up to their antics together at night, and likely sleep most of the day.

3. Nine lives? - Living in high rises, we are aware of the safety precautions we must take as humans: however, it’s important to remember to take the same precautions with our condo cats. Although they have a great sense of balance, it is not uncommon for cats to fall from great heights. Protect them from falling, by putting up fencing on balconies that your kitties can’t jump on, placing plants as a barrier to the open windows, and even perhaps using a cat harness when they are outside on the balcony.

4. Keep it clean - Daily cleaning, whether by a quick sweep or vacuum, plus keeping a clean litter box, is going to make both of you happy. Make it a daily ritual, and it won’t feel like a chore.

Keep all these things in mind, and those rainy Vancouver days will feel like a cozy pleasure at home with your purrrfect pal.
Additional insight courtesy of petwave.com and catster.com

 


 


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