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How to Keep Your Indoor Cat Happy and Healthy
The great outdoors is riddled with potentially life-threatening risks for cats, from chance encounters with predatory animals to being exposed to Feline Leukemia. Organizations including the ASPCA and the American Veterinary Medical Association say indoor kitties live longer and healthier lives.
However, a cat that feels cooped up can develop serious behavior issues including depression. Making your small space more feline friendly will give your pet the mental stimulation it craves. The following five feline friendly products can help.
FYI: The average life span for an outdoor cat is 5.625 years while the average life span for an indoor cat is 16.875 years, says Catster.com.Continue to 2 of 6 below.
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A Cat Hammock
Cats need a little "me" space, but pet furniture can make a cramped room feel cluttered. The Cat Crib will provide your cat with a spot for napping or perching without taking up valuable floor space. Just wrap the straps of this kitty hammock to any four-legged chair or small square table. Price: $29
To buy: Cat CribContinue to 3 of 6 below.
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Give Your Cat a Private Backyard
An outdoor cat den will allow your pet to get a breath of fresh air in a safe and contained environment. Habitat Haven has 13 different DIY kits cat parents can choose from. The simple window habitat shown here is called, A Room With A View Petit. Pair it with a cat door for true feline freedom. If you want something larger, they also sell backyard catwalks. Prices start at around $750.
To buy: Habitat HavenContinue to 4 of 6 below.
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A Kitty Bed That Feels Like a Cave
Cats love to play, hide and sleep according to the humans behind Lollycadoodle, a line of handcrafted pet items made from 100 percent wool. Their Cat Cave provides felines with a place to do all three. Even better, since it’s made of wool fibers, it's resistant to dirt and odors. Price: $59.00
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A Place to Perch
Cats love to perch and climb. The Buddha Wall Perch will turn any wall into a purrfect spot for a kitty to survey her territory. Install up to six and you can create a vertical playground. Prices start at $75.
To buy: Square Cat HabitatContinue to 6 of 6 below.
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All Cats are Acrobats
If your active cat is destroying your curtains or making you nuts scaling your bookshelves give it something that’s safe and challenging to climb — like The Cat’s Trapeze. It’s a cushy jungle gym for felines that’s perfect for climbing, perching and napping. Prices start at $80
To buy: Haus Panther