Enriching the Lives of our Indoor Pets

As the weather turns colder, we all tend to spend more time indoors.  Try to give some thought to the “richness” of your pet’s indoor environment, including the types of toys that are offered, the way your pet is fed, opportunities for exercise, and the location of resting areas.  We know that keeping cats indoors improves their lifespan and reduces the risk of fighting with other cats, animal attacks (dog, coyote), car accidents, and getting lost or hurt in a variety of other ways.  But there are concerns about these indoor cats’ physical activity and mental stimulation.  It is possible for stress to contribute to undesirable behaviours such as excessive vocalizing, over-grooming, inappropriate urination, and even conditions such as interstitial cystitis.  We would like to suggest http://indoorpet.osu.edu/ as a fantastic resource for cat (and dog!) owners can utilize to better understand their pet’s behaviour and needs, as well as ideas and useful tips to prevent problems before they even start.   As always, if you have any questions or concerns about your pet, feel free to give the friendly staff at Golf Glen Veterinary Clinic a call at (905Z) 727-3003.

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