So… this one is going out to my cat-loving hoodies and to cat groups because I need some advice.
I am about to move to another state to pursue a PhD. I currently live in cat paradise – lots of trees, lots of wildlife, very few people and cars – and my cats have a cat-door so they can come and go as the please. They are living the very best cat life possible, in my opinion.
My new place has a HUGE backyard and a few trees but unfortunately is on a very busy road which will mean my cats will now need to be indoor-only and I am seeking advice from folks on how to help them transition from being indoor-outdoor as they please to indoor-only.
I expect it's going to be pretty rough on them. Going from having so much freedom and being able to be outside any time they want to having to be inside all the time. The whole world as their bathroom & scratching post to litter boxes and fake trees. Any things I can do on this end before the move to make things easier, like making them indoor-only now? Anything I could do on the other end to make the indoor-only life more satisfying?
Any thoughts, experiences, suggestions, words of wisdom are welcome!