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Do you allow your indoor cat to go outside?


If so, it may be time for your indoor cat to go out.


The guilt of keeping your cat inside all the time is understandable for cat parents, particularly if their cat shows signs of wanting to go outdoors. Many cats 'beg' to go outside but have no idea what's in store for them once they get there. Many pet owners can create a stimulating indoor environment for their cats using enrichment activities, lots of windows and cat-friendly plants and some outside options we describe below. Replicating the outdoor experience may be difficult.


However, your cat's safety should always come first, and letting your indoor cat go outdoors comes with some significant dangers. In addition, we'll provide you some pointers on how to allow your cat out in the fresh air without causing any harm.


The advantages of having indoor cats as opposed to outdoor cats


  • Many cat rescues and vets urge that prospective adopters agree to keep their kitties inside. This makes sense, especially when it comes to the health and well-being of your cat.


  • According to UC Davis Veterinary Medicine, indoor cats have a significantly higher survival rate than outdoor cats, averaging 10 to 15 years instead of only two to five. Toxins, predators, parasites, and other animals are just a few of the dangers cats face while roaming free in the great outdoors.



  • You protect your cat from these dangers by keeping them inside. Having a cat means you get to spend more time with it, which means you can catch any health problems early on.


Keeping your cat inside also reduces the likelihood that it may be picked up or taken away by animal control or another person. Because even well-fed cats have a propensity to chase birds and other small prey and may have a significant detrimental effect on wildlife in your surrounding region, you also help preserve natural wildlife by feeding them. Over 2 billion birds are killed each year by domestic cats alone in the United States.


If you're still not persuaded, consider how many more dangers there are to putting your cat out in the open than benefits:


Pros


  1. Increased levels of physical activity, as well as more area for running
  2. Increasing the number of people who have access to natural light and fresh air
  3. The discovery of new and intriguing odors.


Cons


  1. Animals, cars, poisons, parasites, and other dangers make you more vulnerable to disease, injury, or death.
  2. It's possible that people may harm wild animals if they go outside.


How to Allow Your Cat to Explore the Outdoors While Keeping Him Safe


Even if a cat spends all of their time inside, having access to a sunny windowsill will allow them to get the advantages of being outside. Put a hammock bed or a cat tree in front of your cat's favorite window so they can enjoy watching the birds and squirrels from a more comfortable vantage point. For better air quality, open the window when possible, especially during hot weather (and if you have a screen installed).


To ensure the safety of your cat, avoid letting him out in the open if at all feasible. Included in this are the following:


  • Getting your cat used to wearing a harness and walking on a leash in the open air.


  • building a cat cage from scratch or buying a pre-made one (you can find a ton of roomy and secure outdoor cat enclosures online).


  • Maintaining a regular schedule of flea/tick/heartworm preventatives and letting your veterinarian know that your cat spends time outside so that your doctor can perform any annual tests that may be required is important.


  • Always keep an eye on your cat while they're out in the yard, and never leave them out alone.


Between keeping your cat inside all the time and exposing it to all of the hazards of life as an outdoor cat, there is certainly a happy medium. Your cat's temperament will determine if you can leash train them for walks and other activities, or whether they'll simply be a good buddy to have around when you want to relax in the backyard and soak up some sunlight.


Either way, safety should be your first concern, and you should pay attention to your cat's signals. Others may be OK progressively acclimatizing to a collar and leash or a tiny area of grass under your direct supervision as long as they're not left alone. Keep your cat inside if you're unsure, and use common sense when you're not.

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