Keep Your Cat Indoors
Keeping your cat indoors is one of the easiest ways to help her lead a long and happy life, Olson says. She’s less likely to be exposed to traumas, like being hit by a car, and toxins, like a tasty puddle of antifreeze. She’s also less likely to encounter disease-carrying pests and parasites. “When cats leave our home, we lose the ability to protect them,” Olson says.
That said, you have to make sure your house is a safe space for your cat. “Be careful with house plants,” warns Dr. Judy Morgan, a New Jersey-based holistic veterinarian. Some popular indoor plants, including lilies, are highly toxic, she says, so it’s best to consult a toxic plants list (e.g., ASPCA’s Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants List). “If your cat is craving greens, try growing wheat grass,” Morgan says. “Cats love it.” Pet grass gives kitties a safe alternative to potentially dangerous house plants.
During warmer months, you should also be cautious with cats around open windows. Keep window screens shut and ensure that they are secure enough that your cat won’t fall through them.