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Should cats be kept indoors?

Cats acquired as kittens and kept indoors from an early age can adapt to an indoor life very easily. However, if you are getting a cat that is used to being outdoors, it may prove difficult to get it used to being indoors on a permanent basis and vets and animal behaviourists would advise against this, unless it is for health reasons. If you intend to get an indoor cat, it may be best to get two so they can keep each other company as indoor life is not as exciting as for example a garden could be for a cat. Cats are active creatures and in an indoor environment you will need to make sure that you provide them with stimulating toys and a scratching post so they can sharpen their claws and strengthen their muscles. You will also need to make sure that they have enough space to run around in several rooms and with a resting place on both floor level and a safe higher level with a good view. Litter trays should be placed in a quiet place and cleaned regularly as cats are very clean and will refuse to use them dirty.

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