Today, Monday, August 8th, is International Cat Day, and the RSPCA New South Wales has given some tips and tactics for keeping your feline buddy happy, healthy, and safe at home.
The advice is part of the Keeping Cats Safe at Home project, which is funded by the NSW Government's Environmental Trust.
According to research, while almost 50% of individuals confine their cats indoors or through outdoor enclosures, there is still a long way to go.
So, if you're on the fence about keeping your cat indoors, or if you want to make the switch but don't know where to begin, read on for some helpful hints.
Everything revolves around timing.
It will take time to adjust to living at home, so take it slowly and be patient. Allowing your cat enough time to adjust to a new schedule will reduce frustration and enhance your chances of success. It may be beneficial to begin by keeping your cat indoors at night and gradually increase the amount of time they spend at home during the day. Taking advantage of moments when your cat will naturally prefer to be indoors, such as moving, feeding time, or when it's cold, can also help with the change.