Keeping your cat indoors only is beneficial for their safety and is sometimes inevitable if you live in a dangerous area. But even if the kitty can’t go outside, you can bring the outdoors inside! Your furr ball can enjoy some outdoor perks while being in the safety of your house or apartment.
Here are a few ideas on bringing outdoors to your indoor cat that came to my mind!
How to bring outdoors to your indoor cat
Plant a cat garden
If you want to make your cat happier, help them get rid of the ingested fur, and bring some outdoor feel to your indoor cat, you should consider planting an indoor cat garden. Your cat will love nibbling on the grass and playing with the blades of grass!
Some of the healthy plants they just love to nibble on are:
- Cat grass – this is actually a combination of various grass such as rye, barley, oat or wheat seeds. You can find these plants at a local shop or get the grass growing kit online and one week from now, your cat can have their own garden to nibble from.
- Cat thyme
- Spider plants
- Silver vine
- Honeysuckle – some cats react to it like they do to catnip
- And let’s not forget the one and only – catnip
If you want to plant something else, make a research before bringing any unknown plant into your home because many plants are unhealthy and toxic for the cats. Take a look at this comprehensive list of the plants that are toxic to cats.
It is best to go with the above mentioned cat-friendly plants – you’ll be sure that your cat will enjoy it and that it’s completely safe for your cat.
Bring “nature’s cat toys” for your cat to play with
There are so many things outside that can be used as a cat toy and that work great to prevent kitty boredom. Rocks, sea shells, small branches, leaves – all of these will bring a touch of nature indoors and your cat can use them to play with!
(Btw you might also want to see these 10 simple DIY cat toys made of household items.)
Let as much natural light and fresh air inside
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Make sure you regularly let some fresh air into the room. If it’s winter, this will be a bit harder, but whenever you can, get some fresh air inside so that your cat can enjoy a bit of an outdoor feel. If you’re worried that your cat will escape through the window while it’s open, you can install a safety net so they can’t go out.
If you have a balcony, you can let your cat enjoy some fresh air after cat-proofing your balcony if you live on a high floor.
Also, avoid having your blinds or shutters closed for too long during the day because cats enjoy looking out the window and love to sleep in those warm sunny spots.
A scratch post made of real wood
Instead of purchasing a regular scratching post, you can go to the woods and find a suitable piece of wood that your cat can scratch instead. This is also pretty cost-effective, considering it is free. Although, one thing that you might not like about this “homemade”, all natural scratching post is that it will make a small mess around as the small pieces of wood detach.
There are also some stylish natural scratching posts available for purchase if you prefer having it delivered to your door instead of searching the woods.
A real cat tree
This is for those of you with more free time on your hands. Instead of buying a regular cat tree, you can make your own using tree branches! I am in love with this DIY cat tree made by Brittany Goldwyn (on the photo) and it’s definitely on my to-do list – probably when I retire and finally have some free time (only 37 years from now, yay)!
Bird sounds on a tape
I have already mentioned some cool bird videos for cats in my post about the ways to entertain your cat. These unexpected bird sounds will intrigue your cat that they’ll probably want to run around the room in search of the bird! Fun times!
Bird feeder at the window
Having a bird feeder outside the window or attached to the window will provide hours of fun for your cat. They will have their own reality TV starring wild birds to entertain them!
I hope this post gave you some fresh ideas for bringing outdoors to your indoor cat.
BTW if you also want a few fresh ideas for entertaining your indoor cat, take a look at my post 50 ways to entertain your cat!
Do you have any tip or idea of your own? Let me know in the comments!