Cats are adorable pets that either love affection or are independent. While all cats do well indoors, some cats play and enjoy themselves more outdoors. However, you might be unsure whether your cat is an indoor or outdoor lover. This article will help you figure that out and also help you care for your outside feline adventurers.
How do you know if your cat is an outdoor cat?
All cats have personal preferences and personalities, so they often make indoor/outdoor choices. More timid or older cats will likely prefer the comfort of the indoors, so they’ll be less keen to bolt out the door every time it’s open.
Whereas, if your cat is bursting with excitement, clawing at any slightly open door or window, it’s because they probably want to be an outdoor cat. As the owner, it’s important that once you’ve made a choice, you stay consistent throughout the cat’s lifetime.
Benefits for outside cats
If your cat likes the outdoors, you shouldn’t prevent them from exploring because there are different benefits they can enjoy. Just like humans, being outdoors helps your cats mentally and allows them to express their natural behaviors.
An outdoor cat is far less likely to become overweight because they have so much to do! They are more likely to spend time climbing, running, and exploring, which is excellent for their physical health.
Just as there are benefits, there are risks that outdoor cats are more likely to face. The risk of car injuries is increased for kittens under one, but once they get past this age, they’re more likely to be aware of the dangers.
Your outdoor cats may also get lost if they are unfamiliar with the area. They may also come in contact with worms, ticks, or diseases due to their exposure to the outdoor environment and other cats. Exposure to toxic substances like rodent poisons and toxic plants is also a common risk.
Keeping tabs on your cats
Aside from a cat microchip, you should also get them a safety collar and tag. Always ensure that you get them a break-free collar, just in case they get stuck on something – this can happen when climbing and exploring.
This collar will simply undo and set your cat free. Reflective collars are good, too, as they will increase their visibility if they’re outside at night. If you have a tag with your contact details, it may also help you reunite with your kitty much sooner.
Protecting your cats from diseases
Since outdoor cats are more likely to come into contact with other cats, keeping their vaccinations updated is very important. You should also ensure that you’re regularly administering flea and worming treatments to ensure that they’re healthy.
Furthermore, having cat-friendly plants in your garden will reduce their likelihood of eating toxic ones. Grow plants such as catnip, catmint, lavender, and cat grass, and always ensure that the products you use on any of your plants are non-toxic and organic.