You and Your Outdoor Cat—Follow This Guide If You Let Them Outside
Should you let your cat be an outdoor cat? It’s an age-old drama in the domesticated cat and human relationship. On one hand, you want them to be happy and free. On the other, you think of all the ways they could get in trouble and you just want them to stay safe. In this article, we’ll tell you about some ways you can keep your feline friend safe if you choose to let them out.
Should They In Stay or Go Outside?
This is a tough call. There is no absolutely correct answer. You may be thinking cats should enjoy their wild side and be able to get stimulation and exercise by going outdoors. Makes sense.
We probably don’t need to remind you of the risks that are involved when they are let out. These include getting hit by a car, diseases or poisonings, and getting beaten up by other cats.
There is a middle ground also. Some cat lovers let their kitties go outside in a fenced in a contained area under supervision. Most people don’t find this very practical, though.
5 Tips to Keep Your Outdoor Cat Safe
If you do choose to let your cat outside, you can do it responsibly by taking a few measures:
1) Give your cat a collar with a tag on it that has your contact number.
2) Make sure vaccines are up to date as deadly diseases may spread among cats.
3) Microchipping is a more costly tagging option and also requires a small incision in the cat’s skin. Nevertheless, it ensures greater ability to find your cat again if she or he runs off and gets lost.
4) Don’t let a declawed cat outdoors. The poor little thing needs those to defend itself or climb a tree to escape threats.
5) A spayed/neutered cat is more likely to stay near your home. Reproductive urges can make them run away to far off places in search of mates.
In conclusion, although risks are involved for outdoor cats, they’ll probably love you for it. It’s perhaps kind to those we love to give them all the options they require for their well-being. At last, all we can do is help them the best we know how before we send them on their way.