Health Issues for Indoor Cats
A quote I read recently is that there are more cats kept in western households than any other animal (Dennis Turner)! The belief is that an indoor cat is far safer than an outdoor cat and while contact with viruses is definitely less (but not nil) and injuries are definitely less, indoor cats are still prone to several possible problems. Boredom and obesity are the most common. Interactive toys, play time with owners, other pets in the house and proper balanced nutrition are keys to keeping behaviour problems and weight issues under control. Parasites may be picked up from the soil of potted plants and fleas may still be an issue if rodents are in the house or other pets are going in and out. Fecal examinations for parasites such as roundworms and inspecting our cats skin and coat on a regular basis are important tools to help monitor for these issues. Nail problems may occur more frequently in indoor cats as they are not scratching on as many things as outdoor cats. Various scratching posts being available and trimming nails regularly solves this issue. Hairballs are usually more frequent as well and brushing is the key to success here but certain diets and treats are helpful tools as well. All households are different and cat's personalities are quite varied. Speak with your veterinary care team about what may be risks and benefits for your indoor cat.