As you stroll through the aisles of the pet adoption center, don’t immediately turn away from perfectly adoptable cats that lived their previous lives outdoors. While it may take a bit of dedication and effort on your part, it’s definitely possible to make a smooth transition when bringing an outdoor cat inside.
Positive Thinking Works Wonders
The first step to bringing an outdoor cat inside is to get into the right mindset. You can’t allow yourself to be discouraged from the start. Our pets are incredibly sensitive to our emotions and frame of mind, so if your cat suspects that something’s up, they’ll likely feel anxious as well. Be confident in you and your cat’s ability to make this lifestyle work, and the process will get off to a much more positive start.
Make Your Home Fun and Intriguing
Before you bring your new cat into your home, prepare it for a wild outdoor kitty by making your household as fun and intriguing as the great outdoors. We’re talking cat trees, scratchers and toys galore here. Cats, especially outdoor cats, love to see the world from above. You’ll want to strategically place cat trees and perches around your home to allow them to comfortably survey their domain. And be inventive with your choice of toys; outdoor cats are used to a ton of stimulation, so pick out some toys that look unique and engaging.
Continually brainstorm and think of new and clever ideas to keep your frisky feline occupied and entertained. Cat grass, catnip and other feline-friendly plants that you can grow indoors are another great addition to a fun indoor atmosphere. Remember that an unhappy or bored cat is a destructive cat, so the more stimulation you provide for them, the happier and more well-behaved they will be.
Bringing an Outdoor Cat Inside Takes Time and Patience
Don’t necessarily expect that successfully bringing an outdoor cat inside will happen overnight. Certain adaptable or laid-back felines may be able to make the transition immediately, and others that are struggling with the transition after a significant period of time may need to finally be brought indoors, cold turkey.
Just remember that time and patience are the keys to successfully bringing an outdoor cat inside. If your previously outdoor cat never had to use a litter box or scratch pads, introduce these items and train your cat to use them before you make the final move inside. If you’re working on moving your cat indoors during the winter, you may be in luck since a warm bed can be all a cat needs to make the move inside. Food is also a great incentive for these opportunistic feeders, so always feed your cat inside so they associate food with the inside of your home.
For those of you who are not only moving your cat indoors, but are moving to a new location as well, Pet Van Lines is here for you. Our professional pet movers have your cat’s comfort and safety in the forefront of their minds, and they understand your pet’s needs during a big move. Whether you’re moving across the city or across the country, contact us with any questions you may have and to learn more about moving your favorite feline to their new home.