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Cat Care for Apartment Dwellers

Do you live in an apartment? Kitties generally do very well in apartments. However, there are some things you can do to make small-space living more fun and comfortable for your feline buddy. Read on as a Marietta, GA vet discusses caring for a cat in an apartment.

Toys

Toys are very important for your furry friend! Playing will help keep your pet active. It’s also a great way to fend off the bored-kitty blues. Cats can get quite unhappy and restless with nothing to do! We also recommend taking time to play with Fluffy daily.

Blinds/Windows

Birdwatching is a very popular pastime with our feline pals. This is also a great way for Fluffy to entertain herself! Offer your cat a comfy window seat with a good view. (Note: if your apartment has blinds, you may want to keep these rolled partway up, and get a curtain instead. Otherwise, your furball is likely to make herself a window.) Make sure that your screens and windows close securely! Cats can—and do—fall out of windows.

Vertical Space

Kitties often love climbing to high places. This goes double for cats in small spaces. Offer Fluffy some vertical space, such as a cat tower or cat shelves.

Plants

Set out some pet-safe plants for your kitty to nibble on. This is a great way to give your furry pal a taste of nature! It will also help keep your place looking and smelling fresh. Check the ASPCA website here for a list of toxic and nontoxic plants.

Veterinary Care

Veterinary care is just as important for indoor furballs as it is for cats that go outdoors. Fluffy should be microchipped, spayed or neutered, and kept current on vaccines, exams, and parasite control. Follow your vet’s recommended appointment schedule.

Walks

Some of our feline friends actually enjoy going for walks. If you think your pet may enjoy taking a stroll on a leash, ask your vet for more information.

Litterbox

Litterboxes can be awkward in small areas. There are some great options for concealing them, however. You can use a folding screen to hide Fluffy’s bathroom. Another option is to upcycle an enclosed end table, storage trunk, or plastic tote. Look online for ideas and instructions.

Please contact us, your Marietta, GA vet clinic, for all of your cat’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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