Keeping Your Cats Safe Outside – Help & Advice
by Pet Qwerks Toys on February 24, 2019
Indoor cats spend their time sitting near the window seeking the warmth of the sun and yearning for the taste of freedom.
But the owners aren’t very fond of letting their pet travel outdoor. Research conducted by the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Massachusetts shows that only 36.14% pet owners of Massachusetts let their pet visit outside. The rest of them (62.86%) keeps their cat indoors.
So, what demotivate them to send the cats outdoors? The sole purpose is “safety”.
Cat owners like to keep their cat inside the house, only to ensure safety. But it’s not the right solution. Indoor cats also grow several problems.
Problems of Indoor Cats:
A report published by the University of California, Davis shows that indoor cats live longer and healthier lives than outdoor cats. The report said outdoor cats live only 2-5 years on average, while the indoor cats live 10-15 years on average.
This report of UC Davis represents a really tough reason to keep your cats inside. But, is it a good decision to keep your cat in indoor?
A report of ScienceDirect said that 54.7% of cat owners noticed behavior problem of their cats. But there are some disadvantages too! Indoor cats may suffer from –
- Laziness etc
Even, The Independent reports that pet owners should feel guilty about keeping their cats inside! So, what do you think?
Is it worth keeping your pet indoor? I don’t think so. Every cat has the right to live well, explore the warmth of the sun, and feel the purity of nature.
Keeping Your Cat Safe Outside:
You can keep your pet safe only by following a few rules. Following these rules isn’t a hard nut to crack. In fact, it’s pretty simple. Let’s take a look at the few important rules.
1. Use Proper Identification Methods:
Using a proper identification method is the very first thing that you should do before letting your cat out. Without a proper identification device, your cat could be easily mistaken with a stray cat. I will suggest two proven methods which ensure that your kitty will come home safely.
Microchipping your cat:
The microchip is mostly used for location tracking. It is a sure-fire way to check the location of your pets whenever you want.
In case your pets ever end up on the wrong side of the city, you can track her by the microchip. The microchip will share the current location of your cat.
Though your cat may have used a microchip, still you should use a collar. This collar not only ensures your fashion sense but also works as a sign that she lives in a beloved home.
A reflective collar with a ringing bell also helps to locate her.
2. Maintain up-to-date Vaccines:
Prevention is better than cure. Similar to this, vaccines are also better than drugs. The importance is even bigger while you visit outdoors frequently.
The up-to-date vaccines will protect your cat from lots of potential infections and deadly diseases. The most common diseases are:
- Feline Leukemia Virus Infection (FeLV)
- Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV)
- Feline AIDS (FIV)
- Upper Respiratory Infections (URI)
- Feline Panleukopenia (FP)
- Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) etc
The American Feral Cat Coalition estimates that there are about 60 million potential affected cats only in the US. These are the most critical disease that may happen to your cat. Only the proper vaccination can keep your cat free from this problem.
3. Stay Aware of the Parasites:
Usually, parasites aren’t life-threatening. But they may lead your cat to deadly diseases. Your kitty may pick up those parasites while venturing outside. Few common parasites are:
- Intestinal Worms
- Ear Mites
- Ringworm (a fungal infection) ETC
If your kitty is affected by one of those parasites, she will show a few common symptoms. Those symptoms include moderate to severe vomiting, skin infection, skin inflammation, and diarrhea.
Additionally, this creepy crawlies may reach your some and infect your family members. Keep your kitten clean and tidy to avoid parasites related circumstances.
4. Road Safety
The Psychology Today reports about 1 million dogs and cats are killed by cars every day. This statistic is more than enough to motivate everyone to think about the road safety of their pets.
Doesn’t matter how clever your pet is, there is a higher possibility of falling into accidents while crossing the roads.
Cats don’t know that a warm car engine or hiding under the car isn’t a safe task for them. Even they don’t know about the rules of checking the roads before running across. So, you should stay with your cat before crossing roads.
5. Getting Stolen:
It is another terrible mental stress for the cat owners. However, you can avoid this problem by using a microchip or colored collar on the neck of your kitten.
Whenever you realize that your pet is being stolen, check the microchip status. Most of the cases, the microchip shows the current location of your kitty. But, bandits may detach the microchip from the neck.
If it happens, you may seek help from the lost pet finder website. I will recommend PawMaw for this. They are very highly professional, experienced, and extremely reliable for pet rescuing.
6. Train to Respond on Whistle:
Training to respond to whistles might be the best thing that may happen to your cat. The possibility of getting stolen will decrease close to zero if you can train this.
7. Serve food Only at Home:
Cats are generally motivated by food. At first, you may need to maintain a fixed feeding time and location. The location must be inside of your home. She will become trained with this routine if you continue this process for several days.
If you can establish this routine, your kitten will know when and where she will get food. Hence, whenever she gets out, she will return home at the exact same time every day to eat her meal.
Cats are best as a pet. If you are one of those 80 million cat owners, you should be considered yourself lucky! Playing with the kitten is the best thing to refresh your mind. Just make sure to keep the pet safe while visiting outdoor.
Enjoy the bonding with your cat.
About the Author
Lauretta Williams is a web-addicted blogger. She loves spending her time listening to music, playing with her pets and writing blogs from her computer. She also loves to travel the world.