Inside (is) Kitten Heaven

by Oana
(Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Alfie, my Healthy & Happy Indoor kitten

Alfie, my Healthy & Happy Indoor kitten

There is not really any objective reason to get a cat. I mean, they’re not going to protect you/your house, make you dinner or take you on a surprise weekend break to Paris. Instead, they will wreck your place (some more than others), ask YOU for dinner and wake you up in the middle of the night.

But then, who cares about objective reasons? Aren’t the best decisions in life the ones you took with your heart? Aren’t emotions, THE reason the world goes round? Who wouldn’t like a cute little face to greet them when they come home or cuddle them when they watch TV (or rather be the TV)?

I’m always on the lookout for the best: best guy, best job, best city to live in, and lately... best kitten environment. Healthy and Happy, that's what I hoped our new kitten would be. And Friendly, Cute & Affectionate. But mainly Healthy & Happy. I do realize that a big part of that depends on me and my decisions. And here comes the million dollar question: are cats happier & healthier inside or outside?

I am absolutely convinced the best place to raise cats is INDOORS. As my boyfriend and I live in the very center of Amsterdam, our neighbours are fast food restaurants, tourist shops, and coffeeshops (yes, THAT kind of coffeeshops). So for us, there was really no other way than to keep Alfie, our kitten 100% inside.

However, I was wondering if we would have done the same, should we live in a house with a garden (yes, Oana, dream on!). I still absolutely think we would (and should) keep Alfie inside. Yes, the outdoor world can be quite fun from a kitten’s point of view: birds to chase, trees to climb, brids to run after...

However, the risks don’t outweigh the benefits. Because worse come to worse, Alfie’s life would be threatened. There’s a very real possiblity that someone would steal him (he’s the most beautiful Birman kitten in the world, of course), hurt him, or a car might run over him. Also, he might get injured or get a disease from other cats or animals he might come in contact with. There’s always the risk of him eating something he shouldn’t like rat poison or chocolate. So no, my kitten will never be an outside cat, thank you very much.

Ok, so I get the longer, better, healthier living part, but won’t my cat miss out on all the fun by living indoors all the time? Yes, and no. It really depends on me I think. No one likes to lose control. It’s a sign of weakness, of not being up to the task.

Cats, like us, like to be in control of their own activities: hunting, hiding, climbing or whatever they’re doing. If you ensure they can do that indoors, you’ll provide for behavioral needs they would naturally fulfill outside. Here are a few tings I did to ensure Alfie’s (and my) life is fun, safe & healthy indoors:

- Keep him occupied: we have 3 scratching posts, and a lot (or as my bf says, too many) interesting toys (some even made by my bf). Alfie also has access to a window to look out of, and some places to hide.

- Cats like high places, as it gives them a sense of security and control. We live in an old Amsterdam house: narrow and very tall, so Alfie has enough high places to climb up / down and jump from (also good for exercise).

- Spend some time each day playing with him: it’s fun, releases some of his never-ending energy and it bonds us.

- We even considered getting a second cat, however, at this point we want to give him all the attention, but we’ll keep in mind in case we see him getting too bored.

The conclusion is, given sufficiently stimulating environment, cats can be very happy indoors and definitely have a longer, healthier life. Which is certainly want for my Alfie.

Because a Happy & Healthy cat = a Happy & Healthy Me. And isn’t that what each of us want? :”)

Comments for Inside (is) Kitten Heaven

Oct 16, 2015
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Sep 22, 2015
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Sep 16, 2015
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Sep 28, 2011
by: Victor

I could agree more! Great post, and very cute picture of your cat Alfie! :-)

Sep 28, 2011
Play dates?
by: Anonymous

Hey Oana

Cute story, but you could always bring him to the park- Amsterdam has a lot of those so he can relish being outside a bit.

Maybe find a website or post an advert where you can arrange some play dates with other cats too and share your experience (and joy) at finding another cat lover, this would also mean that you don't have to get another cat :-)


Sep 28, 2011
Really nice post, thanks for sharing! :)
by: Ioannis

I really like the control tips, will definetely apply them!

Sep 28, 2011
by: Oana

For more pictures of Alfie and all his crazy adventures, pls follow me on Twitter: a_purrfect_cat

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