Try a Catio for an Anxious Indoor Cat

By October 11, 2017 Cats No Comments

cat-649164_1920Has your cat been showing signs of anxiety? If your cat is bouncing off the walls, scratching and tearing this apart, or marking, there are numerous potential problems that could be causing the behavior. One possible issue–and a common one–is that your cat is anxious and needs more playtime. It’s hard to commit enough playtime, particularly to a young, enthusiastic cat. You can help make sure she has plenty to do, however, even when you’re not home.

Build a Catio

There are plenty of things occurring the natural world that can keep your cat occupied for hours. All they need is access to them. While letting your indoor cat outside may not be the best idea, you can create a cat patio–or catio–so that they can see and experience more.

You can create this space without knocking down walls. Using the space you already have, you can add some chicken fencing and surround the patio so that the cat can experience the smells, sounds, and sights without risking anything. Place some sturdy, decorative cat features like a cat tree, or cat beds integrated into the patio furniture.

You can also build a catio out in the yard. There are fenced-in structures made specifically for a cat who needs some protected outdoor time. You can find these online, and many of them are DIY projects. They come with little houses for curling up, steps for climbing, and more. They can be small for little cats and short times, or large for extended playtime.

The important thing is that your cat has playtime with fun that is potentially never-ending. She has time to work out all that anxious energy. Of course, you want to make sure you’re readily available to check on your cat when she’s on her catio to avoid any accidents.

If your cat is anxious, come see us at Pet Vet Hospitals. We can offer you advice on how to handle it, and help you treat it, if necessary.

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