Is It Safe to Let My Cat Go Outdoors?


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Cat Behavior Explained

It’s relatively safe to keep your dog in the backyard of your house, but when it comes to letting your cat go outdoors, you might want to think twice before putting him or her out there.

As a cat owner maybe you find keeping cats indoors cruel, but you need to know that it’s the safest place they could be in.

These, below, are a few reasons why you should keep your kitty cat inside the household:
You never know what could happen to them out there! Once you let your cat go outdoors, you have no control over his safety anymore. According to studies, indoors kitties live longer than the outdoor ones; the average lifespan of indoor cats is ten to twelve years, some might even make it to twenty, while the outdoor cats life span doesn’t exceed the average of two years, because of the increasing risks that just don’t exist inside the house, for instance:

  • Means of transport (traffic…)
  • Other outdoor cats having contagious diseases
  • Bigger and bullying animals who could threaten them
  • Toxic substances all over the streets
  • Ticks and fleas brought by dogs

To protect your kitty:

keep it indoors:

Some might say that keeping cats indoors is cruel, but so is outdoor, you might think that this will suppress their instinctive nature of roaming, but you’re wrong, your household is certainly not the street or the jungle, but it’s the safest place he or she can be in, and with a loving and thoughtful cat owner like you trying to provide the same stimulation and excitement the nature brings to your kitty. Your indoor cat will be happy and safe.

Also, cats like to determine their area, but their dimensions are relatively small in comparison with the dimensions of a small apartment, so even a small studio can be enough for them. No need to let your cat go outdoors, his or her personal territory can be where they sleep or where they scratch, they don’t need bigger territories.

In case your cat is used to hanging out outside, then it will take your time to make him switch to the new habit; this might need persistence from you though. Try to spray him with water every time you see your cat go outdoors to give him a bad sensation about the experience to discourage him, maybe try covering the windows the necessary period of time for him to adjust.

You want to have a walk with your lifelong cute mate:

Sometimes you just want to chill and lower your guards for a moment, and think maybe a walk outdoors with your indoor cat won’t be that dangerous if you’re with your pet after all, so you decide to take your cats outside. The problem is that your pet just won’t stop running away from you all over the streets.

The best thing to do is:
To harness-train him:

  • Choose the size that fits your kitty
  • Try putting the harness your kitty right before meal time and treat him afterward, to make him associate the harness with a good thing and thus, getting used to it.

Besides harnessing him up, you can fence him in:
In order to let your at go outdoor, you can provide screened in enclosures or fenced in the yard covered with cat-proof netting. You can find enclosures of different sizes, some can even be custom made for your kitty.

To let your cat go outdoors, it’s important to make good roofing; as the cats are great climbers.

As a responsible cat owner who wants the best for your kitty, you want to keep your cats indoors or outdoors safe. In order to do that you can either keep your kitty indoors as it’s the safest place they could be in, or you can be a good company and let your cat go outdoors by harness-training him up, or you can let your cats go outside but not further your yard after making as safe as you can, and since you can only clear the circumference of your property, you might want to consider custom made enclosures or fences with roof covers to your yard.


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