This may disappoint many cat owners out there but recent studies have shown that cats trained to be indoor cats only is the safest bet for a cat owner. While we love to let our cats roam free outside, get their exercise and do what they do, it’s not the best situation for the cat’s long term survival.
Mikkel Becker, pet trainer with VetStreet.com, says making your cat an indoor-only cat is one of the best things you can do for your furry friend. “A lot of people are hesitant to do this because they think their cat is not going to get enough exercise,” Becker said. “But, they’ve actually shown that barn cats get less exercise than a house cat. So, a lot of times it’s the exact opposite of what we think.”
This is why it’s extra important to make sure while your cat is indoors that you provide a fun environment for them. Make sure you have exercise toys and games to make things interesting. Becker says that letting your cat out to roam once in a while only confuses your pet. He says it’s important to be strict so that cat doesn’t get confused about their boundaries.