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Cat Tips

When you adopt a new cat, be sure to ask for its health records. Then schedule a general checkup with a veterinarian to ensure your kitty has a clean bill of health.

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Expert Q&A

How can I keep my cat from trying to get out when we open the door?

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There is a lot of talk about outdoor versus indoor cats. As you may know, indoor-only cats enjoy a greater overall life span. Outdoor felines often succumb to any number of threats: disease, fighting with other animals, cars, poisons and more. It's therefore best to keep your cat inside. Keeping an eye on entrances is important, no matter what kind of doors you have. Remind human guests that you have an indoor-only cat by taping written alerts next to all doors that guests will be using. You can train your cat to avoid the door area, but a better long-term plan is to make its indoor living more appealing. If your cat is busy and mentally stimulated inside your home, it will lose its desire to explore the outdoors. Make sure you set aside time each day for playtime. Buy a good cat tree, provide kitty greens for nibbling and offer a sunny spot with a view of the outside, perhaps overlooking a well-visited birdbath or feeder. Some owners also install screened-in porches so their cats can enjoy the fresh air while being protected from outside dangers.


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