With spring comes longer days, warmer temperatures and the opportunity to spend more time outdoors. But for cats, this can be dangerous. Statistics show that indoor cats live two to three times as long as those who are allowed outside. Allowing a cat to come and go can seriously curtail its lifetime. Keeping cats indoors protects them from the hazards of cars, predators and infectious disease. Even though many owners understand this, they may also worry that their cats aren’t getting enough stimulation indoors.
Such concerns are valid. Cats will find a way to entertain themselves even if it means developing destructive or boredom-related behaviors. According to cat expert and author Pam Johnson Bennett, “Under-stimulated cats are at risk of developing…behaviors such as over-grooming, chewing inappropriate items, picking on companion pets, retreating into isolation, over-eating, self-mutilation, compulsive behavior and loss of appetite.”