A continuation from Keeping our cats happy and healthy (part 2).

11. Feeding

Crunchy food can help to keep kitty’s teeth in good condition, and you don’t have to worry if it spoils in a warm house. Dry food can be scattered around the house for your cat to hunt and find, providing him with extra stimulation and exercise. Choose food specially designed for indoor cats; it should contain a balance of proteins and calories to avoid unwanted weight gain, minerals to help maintain healthy urinary tract and natural fibres to reduce hairballs. Use a puzzle feeder or a treat ball for a portion of his daily food allowance, to encourage exercise.

12. Quality time

Your indoor cat does not have the freedom to interact with people or other animals outside, so you are his main social companion. You will need to make plenty of time to interact with your cat, and avoid leaving him alone for long periods during the day.

13. Three’s a crowd?

How many cats you can have depends greatly on the the amount of space you have to offer. Two’s company for the average-sized apartment or HDB. Three can be a crowd as your cats each need their own personal space and territorial battles may erupt if they have to share.

14. Visitors

Encourage your friends and family to come into your cat’s world, especially early on in your kitty’s life. Early socialising will help increase his confidence and learn to accept new things more easily.

15. Pet Insurance and General well-being

Pet insurance is a good way to care for your cat in the long term. Please see our article on getting pet insurance for more information. Annual healthchecks and vaccinations are essential for all cats, indoor or outdoor. Also ensure that your cat is micro-chipped and has an ID tag with a collar.