Should you let your cat outside?
Letting your cat outside or not?
Pros and Cons of Having an Outdoor Cat
When we first got our cat, Panther, almost eleven years ago, we let him outside all the time. He found a neighborhood cat to befriend and they spend the whole time running together and climbing trees.
Then we moved to California and that was pretty much the end of letting him out due to the mountain lions and coyotes. We only started letting him out this year. We have a great backyard and he seems happy. In fact, he's outside right now.
In other words, this is a topic close to my heart because it is something I have struggled with.
Letting Your Cat Out
Do you let your cat outside?
Let your cat out? Maybe not.
Cats are playful, fun and loving animals that love adventure and independence, but they also love affection and attention. If you have a cat, and you’re wondering whether or not you should let your cat have a life outside your home, you might want to consider weighing the options and consequences before making that decision.
Eating in or out
Cats know how to take care of their own selves, but the things they eat can either bring health or sickness, life or death. By keeping your cat indoors, you maintain a healthy , balanced eating regimen that provides necessary nutritional values and ingredients that induces an overall health to your cat.
If you let it go outside, the menu changes which means your pet is open to fending for itself when getting hungry. Eating the wrong thing could result in serious problems for your cat, and many times death occurs because of eating something with bacteria.
Fleas love cats
Have you ever heard that one lie multiplies into many? Well, it’s the same with a flea. One flea multiplies exponentially and doesn’t stop. They’re a pain to remove once they are there. By allowing your cat to go outside, you’re giving fleas the open opportunity to dive in and make a nest on your cat and call it home.
When your cat comes home, guess what . . . your pet brings new and unwanted guests to live in your home and spread throughout every part of it. Not only do fleas drastically increase at a fast rate, but they carry diseases that will harm your cat and could affect you and your family.
Your Cat's Safety
Because cats have a strong sense of curiosity, they could easily become ensnared in situations that could lead to harm with food, people, animals and the environment. Outdoor animals know how to survive, which could cause problems for those used to living inside.
You should also keep in mind that many people don’t like cats floundering around their homes, because they get into the trash, kill birds, use their flower beds as a toilet and more. The world outside could be a cruel and harsh place for your cat.
Allowing it to venture
outside on its own would inevitably cause problems for you and your pet. Your cat may
or may not return to you, so this is a strong consequence you should consider before
allowing it the freedom to go outside.
Play With Your Cat!
This cat has fun outside!
Let your cat out? Maybe yes.
As I stated above, we decided to let Panther outside. However, the conditions are in our favor. He stays in a set, established territory. He has a good cat friend - Milk Shake who lives next door. They play together. Make sure that other cats don't usurp. Milk Shake even comes into our house to hang out with us from time to time.
In other words, there is a lot going for it. When we lived in Massachusetts, there was really no reason why we couldn't let him out. However, we lived on a street corner and the yard was pretty small. So it looked like a dangerous thing. Plus there was a nasty pitbull down the street who always seemed to keep an eye on things.
But here, he is a happy cat. He's losing weight. He goes outside to run and stalk birds and mice. He plays with milk shake. I will hear the occasional cat fight and Panther may or may not be involved. But that's okay - he always comes back.