Soon all of the ACT will be a cat containment area for all new cats acquired after 1st July 2022.
While this will protect wildlife in suburbs close to bush land, many cats will find confinement difficult. Cats kept indoors may develop anxiety disorders unless we enrich their environment or provide an outside space.
Cats deprived of hunting, exploring and playing spend their time sleeping, grooming and eating. They end up with obesity and all the health problems that flow from that. These include diabetes, arthritis and bladder problems.
Many develop anxiety manifested as urinating outside the litter box or more frequently, overgrooming, diarrhoea, constipation, vomiting, or cat ‘flu’.
These are more likely in homes with more than one cat and if the house is too small for each cat to have it’s own space and resources.
Outdoor areas stimulate cats and allow them more space to move. They help avoid boredom, anxiety and obesity. Several Canberra companies build both fixed and moveable outdoor spaces. Book Catnets or Mr Petman well in advance if you want to build an outdoor enclosure or enclose part of your yard or balcony.