Deciding whether or not to let your cat
outside is a tough choice for many cat owners. Some feel they are depriving their pet from the fresh air, or inhibiting the cat’s natural instincts. These are sound concerns, and an issue that is frequently brought up at our clinic. To help you make an informed decision on whether or not your cat should be outdoor/indoor, we have done some research for you to decide for yourself!
Safety Concerns for Outdoor Cats:
- When a cat goes outdoors, they are at a higher risk for diseases, parasites, getting injured (either by people, cars, or other animals), and other risks like toxins.
- Making sure your cat is regularly vaccinated and investing in pet insurance are the first steps after deciding to let them outside.
- Or compromise: If you have an outdoor area, create an enclosure that is safe for your cat to to play outside in. A fence with an inward-facing top is also a good idea for backyards.
How to Keep Your Cat Entertained Indoors:
- Your cat can easily be kept busy in different ways. Finding a companion, buying interactive toys (rotate the toys so they don’t get bored), and investing in a scratching post are all excellent ways to keep your indoor cat entertained.
- Create a “TV” for your cat by placing a bird feeder in your yard within the view of the window. But keep the birds safe by making sure your cat can’t escape the home!
- Hiding places and perches are perfect for your cat. Whether it’s a cardboard box to hide in, or a sun-soaked area of your home for them to stretch out, give them an area that is all their own.
We here at Campus Veterinary recommend your cat stays indoors. There are many ways to keep them happy, and they are much safer in the care of your home. Call us with any questions regarding your cat’s safety!