There are different thoughts, and sometimes some controversy, on whether or not cats should be allowed outdoors. Many feel they should not as keeping them inside is healthier and safer. Others believe that since a cat’s natural environment is the outdoors they should be allowed to enjoy and explore, despite the dangers.
- The average lifespan of an indoor only cat is 15 years.
- The average lifespan of an indoor/outdoor cat is 6 years
- The average lifespan of an outdoor only cat is 1 year
What are some of the dangers of letting your indoor cat explore outdoors:
- Fights with other cats – Outdoor, feral, cats live in colonies and can be protective over their area
- Diseases – Your cat could potentially be exposed to a variety of diseases including Rabies and FIV.
- Traffic – Especially if you live near heavily traveled roads
What are som e of the benefits of letting your indoor cat outdoors:
- They get to explore nature and their natural environment
- They get to breathe fresh air
- Running and exploring outdoors will provide exercise
If you decide to let your cat explore the outdoors there are ways to protect them:
- Be sure their vaccinations are up to date
- Take them for regular well-care visits with their veterinarian
- Provide ID in the form of a collar/tag or microchip
Indoor only cats can have a taste of the outdoors brought inside:
- Provide access to window where they can view the outdoors, smell the fresh air, and enjoy the sun
- Grow an indoor garden for your cat
- Take kitty for a walk on a cat harness and leash
There are both pros and cons for both sides of the argument but the right decision is what works best for you and your kitty.
This post is part of the A-Z Blogging Challenge. A new letter, and a new post, for every day in April!