It’s true that indoor cats are a safer bunch than their outdoor counterparts. Inside, there is little chance to be hit by a car (apart from your toddler’s toy truck), reduced risk of contracting contagious disease, and fewer animals to fight with. But how do we keep Sir Purrs-A-Lot from becoming a big, bored couch potato?
Pam Nichols, DVM, owner of AAHA-accredited Animal Care Center in West Bountiful, Utah, and member of the AAHA Board of Directors, says some of the best things you can do to keep your cat healthy both physically and mentally include playing, training, and feeding a diet that is appropriate for his age, weight, and medical concerns.
Finding the right toys for your kitty can require a bit of trial and error. What excites one cat might bore another. Nichols has had success with a ball inside a plastic ring that her cat can bat around. Battery-operated toys encourage your cat to run and chase, but a simple wand with a feather, string, or stuffed toy attached to it can be just as effective. Toys that require human participation also give you an opportunity to deepen the bond with your cat.
Nichols advises against laser pointers, however. “Although...