American Veterinary Hospital

2109 Tapo Street #3
Simi Valley, CA 93063

(805) 581-9111


Monday: 8:30am-5:00pm
Tuesday: 8:30am-6:00pm
Wednesday: 8:30am-3:00pm
Thursday: 8:30am-6:00pm
Friday: 8:30am-6:00pm
Saturday: 8:30am-4:00pm

Keeping Your Cat Indoors

Have you decided that your cat should be an indoor-only pet? Good for you! Your feline friend will be much safer and healthier as an indoor kitty. Cats that are allowed to go outside face many dangers, such as cars, weather, predators, other kitties, and parasites. They’re also much more likely to be lost or hurt. Fluffy may not see it that way, however, especially if she’s been allowed outdoor access in the past. A local Moorpark, CA veterinarian offers some helpful tips on keeping Fluffy indoors in this article.

Make Your Home A Kitty Haven

It isn’t very hard to make your home into a veritable kitty paradise. Offer lots of comfy napping spots and plenty of fun toys. Also, give Fluffy some cute cat furniture, like little pet tents, so she has places to hide in.

Offer Good Views

Kitties love watching birds, squirrels, and other small animals. Give Fluffy at least one comfy window seat, where she can sunbathe and keep an eye on what’s going on in the yard. This will provide your cat with beneficial mental stimulation, and keep her entertained when you’re at work or otherwise occupied.

Make The Door Less Appealing

If your feline friend keeps trying to get outside, you may need to use a bit of trickery to break this habit. When Fluffy approaches the door, squirt her with water from a spray bottle. Or, make a loud noise: rattle a jar of change, sound a bike horn, or activate an annoying alarm sound on your phone. Your adventurous pet will probably make a beeline for her favorite hiding spot, where she will hopefully reconsider the pros and cons of getting too close to the door.

Build a Catio

Do you have a patio? Turn it into a catio by adding some kitty furniture. Include pet-safe plants, like a money-tree plant, to make your furball feel like she’s outside.


Take time to play with your feline friend every day. Use interactive toys, like wand toys, to pique Fluffy’s interest and engage her inner huntress. If your kitty tires herself out with these fun sessions, she may be more interested in napping than exploring afterwards.

Do you have any questions about your kitty’s health, care, or behavior? Call us, your Moorpark, CA animal hospital, today! We are here to serve all of your pet’s veterinary care needs.


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