Animals/ Pets

Should I Let My Cat Outside

I have a long history of indoor and outdoor cats. My home was backed by an agricultural field, which made us a stray cat attraction. Of the six cats I had during my life, two of them ventured out for a walk and never returned as they grew older. My mom always believed that cats should be able to go out and enjoy nature and that it was best for their mental well-being. In college, I stayed in an apartment building and had two cats. I lived close to a busy road and feared letting them go outside.

As an adult, my cats have always been in the house. We were taught to scold cat owners who allowed their pets outside in vet school. We were taught that there are many dangers, like cars and other cats, viruses, diseases, and dogs, as well as other animals and predators like coyotes, cougars, and bobcats.

After 14 years of training, I have seen indoor and outdoor cats. I’ve observed it is possible to distinguish three types of cats. The first is the cat that resides indoors and hasn’t had any other experience. Then there are those who are outdoors but lack the street sense to survive (these are the ones that make for such a tragic situation). The third category is indoor/outdoor cats who thrive outdoors. The third group is most happy and, I would venture to say, the most healthy. They aren’t fat and suffer less stress. They are treated more frequently for bite abscesses, worms, and bites, but overall, they enjoy their lives to the fullest.

In the last year, I’ve been thinking about how we can reap all the benefits of being in outdoor space and decrease the chance of being eaten. What can we do to let our pets enjoy the sun and roll around on the lawn without risking being eaten by a raccoon? These are my tips for letting your cat have fun in the outdoors without fear of being eaten.

Vaccines. If your cat will be out in the open, it’s essential to guard it against panleukopenia and rabies. If your cat is likely to have contact with other cats, I’d recommend the feline leukemia vaccination.

Fencing. You can keep your cat in a safe backyard by securing this net onto the top part of your fence. These tend to be quite durable but may require repairs during a significant snowstorm. It is also important to ensure that your cat isn’t able to escape through the branches of trees that hang over your fence.

Catios. If you don’t have a fence that could alter, you can try a category! There are already-built Catios in this article. If you’re feeling creative, I also enjoy these designs to build your own.

Daytime Adventures Just. Bring your kitty inside before the main predator time of evenings and nights. Creating a simple and smooth transition is possible by scheduling treats or dinner time for a relaxing and regular time.

Up-to-date tags. Many indoor cats don’t have collars or tags; that’s understandable. If you have a cat that lives outdoors, I suggest keeping current tags and your cat’s contact information in case they are lost. I also recommend break-away collars that can be released easily when your cat gets caught by something.

You’d love to ensure your cat is secure and healthy! If you’ve any concerns, I’d love to get in touch with you! Comment below!