Indoor cat verses an outdoor cat: What to consider.
Indoor cat verses an outdoor cat.
If you’re reading this article, chances are your considering: Either letting your cat go outside, or have decided your cat should remain or return to live inside.
So, before we address the various consequences and impact the two different environments may pose on your cat and yourself. Let’s look at some of the common reasons, by which most people make this decision. Whether they be good, bad or indifferent.
On the one hand, some may argue.
- Cats living only indoors are denied the opportunity to experience freedom.
- Outdoor cats do their business outdoors.
- I feel guilty, seeing my cat locked inside, day in and day out.
- Indoor cats are prone to boredom.
- Indoor cats are prone to being over weight and becoming fat.
- Indoor cats can become frustrated and resort to destructive behaviour.
These are fair and valid points. However, most can be reconciled and that feeling of guilt should be countered with some harsh facts. For starters, here’s what the American Humane Society has to say about letting your feline buddy, roam outdoors: “cats who are allowed outdoors, live about ¼ as long as cats that live indoors exclusively”. That’s a very significant contrast. One that should quell any pangs of guilt, with respect to keeping your cat indoors. Look at it as a form of tough love. Now, with regard to those other points of argument; here are some tips you can easily implement, that’ll not only mimic the various losses and consequences, an indoor cat may experience, well… save for having to change the litter box. That’s just a fact of the indoor cat.
Pleasing and accommodating an indoor & healthy cat.
- Interactive Toys.
- Scratching Posts.
- Climbing places.
- Cat perches.
- Cat TV.
- Hiding places.
- Play time.
- A Companion for Your Cat.
- Spay and neutering.
Here are some of the main reasons why you would want to keep your feline buddy indoors, safe, healthy and at your side:
- feline leukemia (FeLV)
- feline AIDS (FIV)
- FIP (feline infectious peritonitis)
- feline distemper (panleukopenia)
- upper respiratory infections (or URI).
- ear mites
- intestinal worms
- ringworm (a fungal infection)
- Animal cruelty:
- Loose dogs and wild animals:
- Toxins and poisons:
- Killing birds and small animals:
- Angry neighbors.
I do hope this info was helpful and helps you make a well-informed decision.