Dear Christopher Cat
Marmalade, our 4-year-old indoor-outdoor cat, frequently gets into fights. Every fight requires another vet visit, and it’s getting expensive. We’d like to make her an indoor cat to keep her out of trouble. Can you give us some advice?
Fall is the best time to train us to stay inside because the weather is getting cooler. Your challenge now is to make the indoors even more fun than outside.
Buy Marmalade cat toys, a nature video and some furniture, particularly something she can climb on and use as a scratching post.
Scrathing posts should allow Marmalade to fully stretch out her body. Also, they should be sturdy, because we cats won't use anything that totters and falls over.
Play with Marmalade at least twice a day. My favorite toys are a laser pointer and a kitty fishing pole with a feather at the end of the string.
If you have a window seat or a chair by a window, install a bird bath or feeder outside.
Trim Marmalade’s claws every couple of weeks. For directions, click here.
If Marmalade develops any bad habits during the transition indoors, see your veterinarian for help with behavior modification and possibly medication.
Marmalade will thank you in a few months when she realizes she’s safe from gangster cats, poisons and cars.