Indoor pets aren’t quite accustomed to the outdoor life, but they still stare out the window wanting to explore. Without the proper safety precautions it can be dangerous to take an indoor pet outside. With these simple tips and tricks, you can give your pet a taste of the outdoors without the potential risks. Just remember to consult your vet before changing up anything in your pet’s diet or routine.
Window seats and “catios”
Allow your pet to go in and out as they please in a closed off environment to eliminate the risk of losing them. A new trend, called “Catios,” is a spin on the patio. It is a method of building a door in the window of a deck or outdoor space with an attached caged in area. Some build catwalks around their decks, while others choose to keep it simple with a caged in perch off the window.
A big draw of the outside world for indoor animals is grass and plants. They love the feeling and smells of different grasses and flowers. Research which plants are safe to have around your animal. Many pet supply stores sell specific cat grasses, bunny clovers, and others specific to your animal.
Strollers, leashes, and backpacks
Who says you can’t leash train an animal other than a dog? See if your pet is willing to wear a harness and leash so you can take them on a walk, or simply just let them sit on the porch.
Another interesting method aside from walking your pet on a leash is to purchase an animal stroller. Animal strollers are like regular strollers, except they have a zippered net overtop so the pet can’t jump out. These are relatively new to the market and might encourage some stares but are an effective method for taking them out safely.
Backpacks are not just for school anymore.. With a clear center window and ventilation, you can take your pet wherever you go. These are popular for hikers who like to take along their beloved sidekicks.
Another attractive quality of the outdoors for indoor pets are the natural sounds. Birds and gentle breeze sounds are calming to animals just as they are to us. Consider finding a nature sounds video on an app and playing it on a speaker for both you and your pet to relax.
Climbing posts and playgrounds
The outside world has lots of space for climbing and playing, so bring that aspect into your home with climbing posts and playgrounds. You can make your own out of household materials, but there is also a multitude of options and sizes available for purchase. This is a way to keep your pet’s need for play and exploration satisfied.
Letting your indoor pet have a taste of the outdoors is easy and can benefit both you and your animal.