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Can an indoor cat live a happy, stimulating, and active life? A veterinarian and a journalist answer this question with a resounding "yes" and offer real-life guidance for opening up your cat's world, even if they stay within the confines of your home. 

There are many myths our culture perpetuates about domestic cats: They live longer indoors, sleep all day, are easy and low-maintenance pets, and can't be trained. Even the most well-meaning kitty caregiver will be surprised to learn that these long-held beliefs aren't necessarily based on facts, but instead reflect the many ways we have adapted our feline friends to our indoor, domesticated lifestyles.

Indoor Cat, by Laura J. Moss, journalist and founder of Adventure Cats, and Lynn Bahr, a feline-only veterinarian, explores how to help cat owners understand a cat's perspective of their indoor homes, with practical ways to enhance cats' lives to the fullest and combat countless health and behavioral problems that result from indoor living, as well as raising the question: Should every cat live exclusively indoors?

Together with scientific studies, expert opinions from vets and behaviorists, and firsthand accounts and interviews, this informative and engaging guide strives to reach compassionate cat owners looking for new ways to care for and connect with their feline companions.

©2022 Laura J. Moss and Lynn Bahr, DVM (P)2022 Running Press Adult

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A Different Perspective

Dr. Bahr offered a different perspective than what I have always heard regarding allowing your cat outside. After a dearly beloved cat of mine got ran over because I allowed him to go outside, I felt so much guilt, so I've never allowed any other cats outside. I had also been told that allowing them outside would risk disease, ticks, fleas, etc. So this book gave me a lot to think about.

I had also always heard that you should keep your dogs/cats on a regular diet, not changing their food, for dietary reason. Dr. Bahr said just the opposite; that you SHOULD provide a variety. She also suggested more than one kitty litter box (even if you only have one cat).

I wish that I had read this book sooner. My kitty companion is nearing the end of her life. But I will take some of Dr. Bahr's suggestions to try to make her final years enjoyable. I've already seen proof in my cat that some of her suggestions are spot on. The only thing I didn't like about this book was all the cat puns. They started to become pawsitively annoying towards the end.

I would recommend this book, but with an open mind. I don't 100% agree with everything in it, but I appreciate the different point of view.

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