Cat owners have different ways of taking care of their cats. Some keep their kitty exclusively indoor while others let them outdoors at certain times. Free-range cats for instance are those domestic felines which are given the freedom to roam outdoors. Now, we weigh on the contrasting sides of letting your cat outdoors for you to decide which kind of cat owner you’ll be.
Pros of Letting Your Cat Outdoors:
Letting your cat outdoors lets her be in touch with her wild side. By being able to explore and adapt to the surroundings outside, your cat can practice her independence. This stimulates your cat mentally and physically, improving her health overall. Moreover, this decreases dependency of the cat towards the owner and will be able to address her needs like food and litter on her own outside your home.
Due to the many available interesting things outdoors, your cat can become more active. This constant movement can increase your kitty’s athleticism which in turn will help against feline obesity. Again, this positive note still has to do with a kitty’s health.
Cats are creatures of habit. Changes in their environment can stress them out which can affect their health. However, letting your cat outdoors can make him become more flexible and adaptable to changes. The unpredictable things happening outside can practice them to react neutrally, if not positively, which can keep stress at bay.
Cons of Letting Your Cat Outdoors:
Letting your cat outdoors can risk him to parasites like fleas and ticks. Especially if your kitty plays with other infected animals, the higher the chance they’ll suffer from parasites.
Injury or Worse
Cats can get into a fight, either with fellow animals or humans. As such, they can get exposed to numerous dangers such as poison, injury or death either accidentally or intentionally. Cars can also pose a threat to cats especially in traffic. Garden plants and flowers like lilies can be toxic for cats and are thus increasing the dangers of letting your cat outdoors.
Your kitty can contract diseases via roaming and hunting. Feline leukemia, upper respiratory infections, feline AIDS, abscesses are among some of the illnesses your cat can get from spending time outside.
By letting your cat outdoors and sort of letting him open up to his wild side can bring about some attitude changes. This is especially the case if a cat’s venture outside is unsupervised. Your cat may learn aggression and the independence gained from outdoor trips can be a problem when you’re training your kitty with good behavior and indoor rules.
So, these are pros and cons of letting your cat outdoors. A cat owner knows what’s best for his or her kitty. There are also solutions that can let your cat roam outdoors without technically going outside; building a cat enclosure or a catio is one option. Solutions like this can help get the positives of outdoor exposure for your indoor cat. Nonetheless, the final decision is up to you, responsible cat parent.