Cats are better off indoors than out

Cats are better off indoors than out
This is going to rub a lot of cat owners the wrong way, but I'm going to say it anyway: Experts tell me cats are be better off when they stay in the house and are not allowed to roam around outside where they could get hurt or attacked by a predator.

In fact, Mikkel Becker, pet trainer with VetStreet.com, says making your cat an indoor-only cat is one of the best things you can do for your furry friend.

"A lot of people are hesitant to do this because they think their cat is not going to get enough exercise," Becker said. "But, they've actually shown that barn cats get less exercise than a house cat. So, a lot of times it's the exact opposite of what we think."

That's why it's really important to give your cat games and exercise toys that make staying indoors fun.

Mikkel says consistency is important. If you let your cat out every now and then, the kitty gets confused about where it's supposed to be.

"What's really important that you're very strict that your cat is an indoor-only cat and help takes care of that confusion and that cat's desire to want to dash outside."

More Information:

VetStreet: Why Indoor Dogs and Cats Are Happier Than Free-Roaming Outdoor Pets

PAWS: Keeping Your Cat Happy Indoors

VetStreet: Can I Teach My Cat Not to Dash Out the Door?