There was a time when cat parents allowed their feline Pets to prowl the neighborhood freely during the day, coming in at night to eat and seek shelter, only to return to wilds of Main Street in the morning. These days most of us know that cats are safer, healthier and happier indoors; free from the dangers of dogs, cars, poisonous plants & berries and getting lost or stolen.
At Hannah, we encourage all of our Pet parents to keep their dogs and cats indoors where it’s safe.
The problem is, cats need a lot of mental stimulation, which in many cases they may not be getting indoors. As hunters, getting outdoors can give cats the exercise and stimulation they so badly want and need. But there are steps that Pet parents can take to keep their Pets safe and happy, while indoors and without sacrificing playtime and exercise.
- Cats need their Pet parents to play and socialize with them! If you only have one cat, s/he will rely on you to provide most of the interaction they would normally experience with a second cat in the house.
- Cats love toys! Feather toys, balls, string toys, etc. can help to satisfy a cat’s need for exercise, socialization and stimulation.
- Stairs, shelves and scratching posts, specifically designed for your cat to jump on, play on and hide in are also fun.
- Laser pointers are a great toy for you and your cat! They’re also a fun and useful tool to help your cat exercise those hunting and prowling instincts.
- Hannah’s behavior team is one of the many exclusive tools that members have at their disposal to help them learn more about how to raise, train and care for their cat.
In addition to exercise and socialization, cats also need regular veterinary care, specifically preventative care such as vaccinations and parasite controls. Pet parents should always be mindful that heartworm is a very real risk for their dogs and cats. Through Hannah’s Total Lifetime Care program, members receive all veterinary care (including vaccinations, parasite control, emergency care, dental care, spaying/neutering and medications), behavioral training and food for one low monthly fee!
To learn more about Hannah’s Total Lifetime Care Program, or if you’ve been thinking of adding a new Pet to your family, please visit one of our Placement Centers in Washington Square Mall or the Clackamas Town Center.