How To Keep An Indoor Cat Happy – 8 Suggestions to Ensure a Happy Kingdom for your Kitty

how to keep an indoor cat happy

HOW TO KEEP AN INDOOR CAT HAPPY? Its an outdated myth that cats must roam free in the big outdoors.

The outdoor world can pose many risks and threats to your little explorer, which is why some owners decide that it is safer for them to be kept indoors. Outdoor cats are subject to dangers such as traffic, predators and garden poisons, just to mention a few.

Believe it or not though, statistics show it is not just safer for your cat to remain indoors but will have huge positive impact on wildlife too. The latest study founded that domestic cats are actually the cause of  between 1.3–4.0 billion birds and 6.3–22.3 billion mammals killed annually!

They are predators at heart and some indoor environments can become predictable and boring to your cat, this can lead to inactivity, stress and obesity.

An indoor cat will require much more or your time and attention, and naturally you wouldn’t want your four legged to pal to feel bored, trapped, stressed or anxious, so read on to find out how to keep an indoor cat happy..

Your Cat Loves to Climb

It is important for felines to continue to practice their natural instincts and climbing is something that they love to do. They would usually climb into trees to seek out prey or climb high when feeling nervous or scared.

Cat trees are the best tried and tested way to keep your kitty climbing indoors. The great thing is that they come in all shapes and sizes to best fit your indoor space. Check out Cat Trees- The Ultimate Buyers Guide here.

We would recommend if possible to have at last 2 throughout your home. A best seller and definitely one to check out would be the rabbitgoo Cat Tree Cat Tower 61″ for Indoor Cats.

If you are looking for something more specific, than look no further! We’ve done the hard work for you and have reviewed these: Cat Trees for Large Cats, Floor to Ceiling Cat Trees and Modern Cat Trees.

Another awesome option to explore would be to make your own cat tree.

An indoor cat would definitely be kept happy with some elevated shelves, you can keep it simple just by putting up a few floating shelves or you can literally have walkways and bridges which wrap around your entire room.

How to Keep an Indoor Cat Happy – Eating, Pooping and Grooming


A cats food should be kept in a calm quiet area of the home, perhaps a spare bathroom/spare room or a quiet hallway. Cats need to be kept relaxed so that they can eat in peace. If food is placed in an area with a lot of noise and food traffic this can cause a cat to feel stressed and not eat or eat too quickly.

Let Your Kitty Hunt

A fun game to play with your indoor cat. Hide treats around the house, indoor cats thrive from this game as it allows them to continue to use their instinctive hunting skills and get a yummy treat.

Litter Boxes

It is important to keep your cats litter box clean, feces and urine should be scooped out minimum twice daily and the whole box should be cleaned and changed at least once per week.

Choosing the right litter is also just as important, check out our litter reviews here.

It is important that a cats litter box is kept in a quiet area of the house, cats can grow anxious and refrain form using the designated area if its kept in busy part of the house.

If your home is on a larger scale it may be worth thinking about providing more than one litter box, perhaps one open top and one covered (for privacy) – your feline companions love variety.

If you own more than one kitty, it is recommended to have one litter tray per each two cats.


It is important that you set aside an ample amount of time daily to groom you indoor cat. Its best to use a shedding brush, its good for their coats and can prevent hairballs and tangled matted fur.

Above all, your cat should thoroughly enjoy the snuggles and love, (domesticated cats long for their humans attention) it is the simplest and often one of the most effective top tips on how to keep an indoor cat happy.

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Person holding cat on leash walking on beautiful forest flower garden.

It may sound crazy to some, however you can actually train your cat to enjoy an outdoor walk on a leash and lap up some fresh air. If this is an avenue you would like to explore with your cat, it is best to start them of as a kitten, older cats can be trained but they can be more reluctant to learn.

Start of practicing indoors, allow your cat to try out the harness first. Eventually you can attach the leash, put treats out so that your cat can walk enough steps to gain a treat. It is very important that you are not pulling on the leash and your cat is walking off their own accord.

Once the cat has become comfortable with this concept it is time to try outdoors. Start with a just a short walk, as your cat gets the hang of it you can begin to lengthen the time of the walks.

How to Keep an Indoor Cat Happy – Build A Catio

If taking your kitty out on a leash does not appeal to you, or they just straight up hate it, another option you can look into would be to build a catio. This would give your cat a safe and independent way to explore and get some fresh air.

A catio is simply a cat version of a playpen – an enclosed space that will stop any threating wildlife entering and your kitty wont be able to escape to the beyond.

It can be built on to the back of your home, sitting on your patio, so a cat could enter through a back window for example or alternatively it can just be installed as a stand alone enclosure in the yard.

You can hire a contractor to design and build one for you. They are also available to purchase ready made, or you can watch some YouTube DIY catio building and give it a shot yourself.

Its Time to Play

Cats need to burn energy, and what better way to help your kitty shed some with some wicked fun toys, and lucky for us there are so many awesome ones out there! Remember, you kitty will like variety and to change things up or they can grow bored of the repetition.

Cats will enjoy, toys on strings, toys with feathers, mice like toys, battery powered, wind up, laser pointers, tunnels, and balls, just to mention a few. Luckily the world is oyster when it comes to cat toys. We find that a cat toy assortment such as this, is perfect to get the ball rolling.


Hormones can entice your cat to try and escape outdoors in search of a mate, this is unnecessary added stress to your cat, to avoid causing your kitty any added grief always spray or castrate your cat.

How to Keep an Indoor Cat Happy – 7 More Top Tips

1. I.D Your Kitty

There’s still a chance your kitty may make a dash for the door or that forgotten window. Ensure a color with identification (name, contact number, address) is worn or you have your cat chipped. Better safe than sorry we say.

2. Catnip

(Nepeta Cataria) is a natural common herb that is part of the mint family. Cats absolutely love the stuff (although please note some are not affected) and it comes in different forms, you could even grow it for your kitty at a window! Want to know the science behind it click here.

3. Bring the Outdoors in

You could grow some cat grass for your feline buddy. There are many health benefits to it, such as digestion aid, fewer hairballs, lessen constipation and helps keep a cats breath smelling fresh!

4. Pets in Pairs

If you spend long periods of time not at home, it may be worth considering sharing your home with a companion for your current kitty. How to Introduce a New Cat to Your Existing Cat.

5. Space

it is important that an indoor cat is provide with enough space, they should not be confided to one room, they should have access to several within the home.

6. Scratching Posts

Provide scratching posts in several locations. This will allow and give your cat the opportunity to strengthen muscles, sharpen claws and mark their territory.

7. Change Things Up

Lastly it is important to change things up, cats can get easily bored and require new stimulations.

We hope you have enjoyed this article and it has helped to answer your questions on how to keep an indoor cat happy. We wish you the best of luck an fun with your kitty.

Lucie Wilkins

Lucie is a qualified RVN (Registered Veterinary Nurse) with over 10 years experience working with cats. She has had a cat companion or two in the house for as long as she can remember. Read more about Lucie here.

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