Should You Let Your Cat Go Outside?
25 April, 2017
Are you a guilty cat owner who thinks your indoor cat really wants to go outside? For most of us, our indoor cats are pretty happy to just look outside or rest on a window perch and watch the birds outdoors. But, sometimes, our cats get the itch to go outside and there are many reasons why you should try to avoid it.
Below are some of the many reasons why you should not let your cat go outside:
Outdoor cats are more prone to infections, fleas and tick
Outdoor cats are more prone to infectious diseases because of encounters with wildlife and other outdoor pets. If your cat must be outside, make sure she is fully vaccinated and spayed, or neutered. And all it takes is one flea or tick that jumps on your cat while outside to start an entire infestation on your cat and even your home.
Your outdoor cat can easily get hit by a car (if you live in the city)
An outdoor cat darting across the street is a perfect target for a moving vehicle and cats that are hit by cars rarely survive. Cats don’t know how to behave around cars.
Your dog can get in a fight with another cat, dog or be attacked by a coyote
We may think of our cats as predators who are capable of taking care of themselves. Unfortunately, cats are commonly attacked by loose dogs, coyotes, and raccoons. Injuries or bites from wild animals and stray dog attacks are very serious and often fatal.
There are many toxins and poison that your cat could ingest
When you let your cat outside, your kitty can easily come into contact with toxins, such as fertilizer, bug spray or any other poison when outdoors. It is such an adventure for them, you don’t know what they literally lick up.
Your cat could get scared and climb up a tree
Trees can be a source of some danger for cats who climb to a place where they are afraid or unable to climb down. In some cases, they may be up in a tree for days until they become so severely dehydrated and weak that they fall and suffer severe, serious or fatal injuries.
Your cat can run away and not come back
If your let your cat outdoors, there is no guarantee that he or she can find her way back home.
Most of our indoor cats are declawed
If your cat does not have claws, you really should not let your cat outside. Your kitty has absolutely no defense in any sort of attack.
If you decide to let you cat out, please make sure that you, at least, do the following:
Make sure to provide your cat with a harness or a collar that includes an identification tag. Your cat must be fully vaccinated and are spayed or neutered. Attach a bell to their collar to alert people they are around and consider teaching your cat to walk on a leash.
If your cat is itching to go outside, see our other article on How to Keep Your Indoor Cat Entertained