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Cat health: 5 tips


On average, free goers have a lower life expectancy than indoor cats because they are exposed to more dangers outside, such as car traffic, other animals, rival cats and contagious diseases. Nevertheless, there are a few special features to consider for the health of indoor cats. Apartment cats usually have a higher life expectancy than free-range cats - Shutterstock / TalyaPhoto

Cats, like humans, can suffer from the so-called civilization diseases. These are health problems caused by excess resources and too much convenience. Above all, this includes being overweight and the associated consequences for health and psychological problems caused by boredom. The following tips will keep your house cat physically and mentally fit, happy and healthy.

1. Avoid being overweight in indoor cats

Apartment cats can be compared to people who do an office job - and therefore spend most of the day indoors. Those who do not actively counteract this with exercise in their free time have difficulty keeping their weight and staying fit in the long term. The same applies to cats who cannot go outside and live out their hunting behavior. If a well-filled bowl is then always freely available, the fur noses quickly devour their needs and increase. Obesity in cats favors various diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney failure or joint pain.

So avoid being overweight in your house cats by playing with them, offering them many climbing opportunities and strictly limiting the food portions. In addition, cat grass should be on the menu of your salon lions. You can also combine everything by letting your room tigers "work" for their face. Toys with feed filling or automatic feeders that only release the food when your kitty is performing certain tasks keep them busy and fun. You can also hide small portions of food anywhere in the house so that your cuddly puss has to look for them first.

2. Mental health: Don't let boredom arise

The feed games have another advantage for the health of domestic cats: they keep boredom away. People who are not challenged enough can suffer a so-called bore-out - a burn-out due to boredom. Cats are no different than we two-legged friends; if they are bored too often, they become ill and develop behavioral disorders. In addition to food games, intelligence games for cats are a wonderful anti-boredom tip.

In addition, it is advisable not to keep indoor cats alone. Ideally, they have a companion to play with while you are at work or on the go. Fur noses are also very curious. Set up your cozy balls on the windowsill so that they can watch "cat television". If available, the balcony can be converted into a cat playground or you can build a beautiful enclosure on the terrace, where your room tigers can let off steam.

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3. Climbing opportunities and hiding places

As many climbing opportunities, hiding places and passageways provide for exercise, fitness and employment. Some cat owners convert their entire home so that small tunnels, bridges, viewing platforms, scratching posts and sleeping areas are available for their kitty everywhere. A great example of how a house can look like a cat paradise can be seen in the video below. It is in English, but the pictures of the 15 happy cats that happily walk through their adventure park tour speak for themselves:

4. Encourage cats to drink

Another possible danger for indoor cats is that they don't drink enough. Before your cat drinks from the toilet or treats flower tubs by the water, you should offer alternatives. A cat drinking fountain, for example, provides fresh, flowing water and tempts many lazy cats to drink fluids. You can also place drinking bowls of fresh water anywhere in the home - don't forget to change the water every few hours so that it doesn't taste stale or collect germs.

5. Do cats have to be vaccinated and neutered?

It is a mistake that only free-runners should be vaccinated and castrated. Apartment cats can also become infected with contagious diseases, which you can bring inside with your street shoes, for example. This is especially true for cat sniffing and cat disease. However, indoor cats do not need all the vaccinations that are recommended for outdoors. The risk of rabies in a house cat is negligible, but vaccination is unnecessary. In principle, only releasers need to be vaccinated against leukemia, which is transmitted by the Feline Leukemia Virus.

If you do not want to breed your house cats, you should also have them neutered, even if they do not go outside. The castration reduces the production of sex hormones, so that your cat lady does not suffer from being in heat and your cat calms down and does not mark the apartment with urine.