Should cats live indoors or outdoors?
As a pet owner, you want what’s best for your cat, so often the question arises about whether or not cats should spend time outdoors, or even be an “outside cat”. The decision is ultimately up to each family, but just be aware that your cat is more likely to encounter a variety of life-shortening experiences while out in the great outdoors.
When outside, cats are more likely to be exposed to rabies and the feline leukemia virus. Of course, your cat should be protected by vaccines. Also, fleas, ticks and mosquitoes become an issue for outdoor cats. You’ll want to be sure your cat receives the appropriate parasite preventive measures if he/she will be spending any time outdoors.
Obviously, outdoor female cats will become pregnant unless they are spayed. So it’s crucial that all cats that are allowed outside are spayed or neutered at the correct age.
Unsupervised outdoor cats are also at risk for being hit by a car or dangerous encounters with other animals, which can result in severe injury or even death.
On the other side, many cat owners favor the advantages of an outdoor life for cats. One reason for this is that it is a lot easier for a cat who spends time outside to maintain a healthy weight. They are more active and burn more calories than their indoor counterparts.
In addition, cats who spend time outdoors are able to act out their natural and instinctual hunting and stalking behaviors. They are also able to do their scratching on trees and natural surfaces rather than on indoor furniture and carpeting.
Whichever choice you make as a loving cat owner, be sure you take measures to protect your cat’s physical and mental well-being. If you have questions about this or any other issues for a cat vet Vancouver WA, contact Claus Paws today.