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How to balance the happiness of both cats and homeowners

Careless wandering, theft and health and safety risks are among the reasons many cat owners keep their pets indoors, says Adrian Goslett, regional director and chief executive of Re/Max of Southern Africa.

There are, however, concerns about the effect this has on cats’ well-being and health, as well as the resale value of one’s property. To balance the happiness of both cats and homeowners, Goslett advises:

◆Child-lock storage units: Cats are explorers by nature. If you take away their ability to roam the streets, they will roam your wardrobes instead.

◆Provide indoor entertainment: Make sure your cat has enough to play with inside, so they don’t ruin furniture.

◆Clean daily: Keeping a litterbox indoors can lead to pungent odours, so clean it daily. Sweeping up cat hair will also become a daily challenge. Some cats will show warning signs if they are not happy living indoors.

“It might be better to find a home in a safer neighbourhood, where you can allow your cat to roam freely during the day.”

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