A common debate between cat owners is whether they should keep their cats outdoors, indoors, or a combination of the two. Before you make you make a decision, it is important to both sides into consideration to ensure the best life for your cat as possible. Below you will find the pros and cons of both indoor and outdoor cats.
Keeping your cat indoors ensures that your furry friend stays safe. Allowing your cats to roam the outdoors increases their chance of getting in fights with animals, encountering fast moving cars, and contracting diseases or illnesses like Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) or Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV). Generally, indoor cats have a longer life expectancy since the dangers inside your house are not as threatening.
Although keeping your cats indoors does create a safer environment, it is not as mentally stimulating. Your cat can become frustrated and bored easily. This restless behavior may encourage your cat to pick up some undesirable behaviors like clawing up your personal belongings.
Additionally, indoor cats won’t get as much exercise as an outdoor cat. Without adequate exercise, your cat can become overweight which in turn will lead to a a number of health complications.
If you do choose to keep your cat indoors, make sure to keep them stimulates. Play with your indoor cat often and provide them with places to climb and plenty of toys.
The outdoors allows your cat to be in an stimulating environment which means your cat will get proper exercise and even connect with their natural instincts. With the freedom to roam, your cat will never be bored or turn to bad behavior.
As mentioned before, allowing your cat to go outside does affect their safety and health. Going outside means that your cat is more susceptible to contracting disease or parasites like fleas. Fleas are not only a concern for your cat, but for your home. If you cat is both indoor and outdoor, it can be difficult to keep fleas out of your house and off of your cat- even with a flea collar.
Whether your cat goes outside on occasion or everyday, make sure they are up to date on their vaccinations. Additionally, if your cat is declawed, do not let them outside. Claws are the main way cats defend themselves. A declawed has a higher chance of getting hurt in a fight.
Consider both the pros and cons of an indoor and outdoor cat, once you do you will be able to make an informed decision on which lifestyle is best for your cat.