Dr Kim Kendall, Cat Vet, in her blog, “Outdoor cats indoor pets”, says that cats can be happily kept inside all the time. Many people do so and would have it no other way. They say they have deeper and more satisfying relationships with their cats, and the cats are healthier and live longer. Keeping cats permanently indoors requires more effort on your part according to Dr Kim.
Dr Robert Holmes. a contributor to Dr Kim’s blog says that we can enrich the daily life of the indoor cat to replace some of the stimulation and activity it would otherwise receive as a free-roaming animal. The environmental enrichment puts complexity, unpredictability and choices into a cat’s daily life. Without these things many animals and people become frustrated in confinement and show signs of boredom – greater reactivity, irritability and exaggerated or unusual behaviour.