Indoor Cats Need Fresh Air and Sun: Does Your Cat Have a Spot By a Window?
Updated: Feb 9
Cats once roamed freely and were able to eat grass and enjoy the sunshine. Provide your indoor cat with safe opportunities for sunshine and fresh air.
Every afternoon on a sunny day, Oscar is looking for a comfy spot to soak up the rays from the sun.
Some benefits of having a window view:
* Getting fresh air, if you leave the window open, even a just an inch or two. Note: Strong screens are necessary to ensure your cat stays inside for their safety;
* Cat TV - watching birds and squirrels outside can provide a lot of entertainment for your cat;
* Sun bathing - many cats enjoy sitting in the sun. Petmd.com advises ensuring this is not excessive as even cats can get skin cancer.
Placing a cat tree by a window or providing a window perch is a great way for your cat to enjoy the outdoors from the safety of your home.
Jennifer Van de Kieft is a Certified Feline Training and Behavior Specialist residing in Brooklyn, NYC.