Leaving cats outside isn`t the worst idea if it`s occasional and proper precautions are taken. If you feel like you need to let them out, keep these tips in mind to keep them safe: In fact, the decision to leave your cat outside or keep them inside doesn`t have to be stressful for you or your cat. To help you make an informed decision that is best for your cat`s well-being in the first place, and by the way, a decision you can really live with, we recommend taking a look at some of the most common issues related to domestic and outdoor cats. Cats roam outside in most neighborhoods in the United States. Some are pets whose owners leave (or sit) them outside, but many are community cats that may be wild or unique animals that are now lost, lost, or abandoned. The more we understand outdoor cats and the complex issues associated with them, the more effectively we can help them, reduce cat overpopulation and protect wildlife. Ticks and fleas can be tiny, but they can destroy your cat`s life (and yours). Lyme disease is a particularly dangerous tick-borne disease because it can affect the musculoskeletal system, neurological system, lymphatic system, eyes, heart, and even liver. Dogs, cats, horses and other animals can become infected, but it is more difficult to identify them in cats because they rarely develop clinical symptoms. Not only is it unpleasant and bad for the cat`s health, but they can also be dangerous for you, your children or your other pets. If your cat has been outside, it should be checked daily for ticks, especially in the summer. Although most outdoor cats instinctively know the way home, it is always possible that they will choose to venture too far and get lost. One study reported that 75% of lost cats were brought home safely, while 15% disappeared forever.
While this number may seem low, about 15% of families across the country are devastated to lose their pets. A lost animal has the same heartbreaking effect as when a beloved pet dies, often with an extra element of guilt. You can prevent this type of loss by not leaving cats outside and keeping them in your home under safe supervision. Cats are happier and healthier when they are safe, which means living indoors. If they want to explore nature, you can give them the opportunity to do so under supervision. Cats should only be allowed outdoors for leash walks attached to well-fitting cat harnesses. However, not all cats can get used to a harness and leash, so if you have done your best and they do not feel comfortable, stay with a window bar or catio. Cat fence gate kits — flexible mesh gates that can be placed on privacy fences to keep cats out — can help keep your feline companions safer in your yard. About 65% of the estimated 80 million domestic cats in the United States are kept indoors, and more and more owners are realizing that domestic cats are safer and can live a happy life indoors. But millions of domestic cats are still allowed outside, usually without the visible collars and identification that would help them find their owners if the cats were picked up by a neighbor or animal check. It is important to think carefully about your cat`s immediate outdoor environment.
You should ask yourself a few basic questions, such as: How far am I from the nearest street? Does my yard have a fence that keeps stray dogs away and scares them away, but doesn`t necessarily prevent my cat from getting out? What kind of plants have I grown in my garden? Do dogs live next door? What does the family plan look like? Will someone be home to let my cat in if he feels threatened or should he stay outside? These are all important questions to ask yourself when considering this important lifestyle change for your cat. In order for parents of cats who live in a high-traffic area to find a happy balance, they may want to consider keeping their cats on a leash in a harness or allowing their cats to explore and train in a supervised walled garden. Whether you let your cat wander outside or keep him inside, you need to take steps to ensure his physical and mental well-being. Cats that roam outdoors are at risk of exposure to toxins such as antifreeze and rodenticides. If a cat ingests either product without the owner`s knowledge, the window of opportunity to administer an antidote is lost. Poisonous outdoor plants such as lilies, azaleas, cyclamen or tulip and hyacinth bulbs also endanger cats. Studies show that cats are happier and healthier when they have to work for their meals, so consider feeding your cat from a food puzzle, a device that kibble releases when a cat interacts with it. Here are some great ways to make sure your cat enjoys a happy and healthy life in your home: Like many cat lovers, you may have thought about letting your cat out. Many cat owners feel guilty about keeping their cat indoors and are afraid of taking away their cat`s natural instincts or fresh air and sunshine.