If you are new to caring for a cat, one of the first decisions you will need to make is whether to allow your cat access to the great outdoors. Some felines are naturally inclined to roam, but if you live in an urban area, you will undoubtedly be anxious about the prospect of letting your new cat out into the area where they may become lost, injured, or even attacked by other animals.
Although some people think that it is cruel to keep a cat indoors, the truth is, many kitties are perfectly happy and content to lead a life that is almost exclusively inside. There are also a number of benefits to keeping your cat indoor:
Keeping your cat indoors can help keep it safe from other animals
We may not notice it too much as humans, but the fact is, we live in regions that almost certainly is teeming with other animals, both domestic and wild, and not all of them will take too kindly to your cat.
Most animals are territorial by nature, and any creature that strays into the wrong place could come up against a less than warm welcome. Foxes, raccoons, coyotes, and even large birds can all pose a considerable threat to your feline friend, especially if it is inexperienced at spending time outdoors. Keeping a cat indoors during the evening and overnight can reduce the threat but will not eliminate it completely.
An indoor cat is less likely to become lost
Although many animals have great tracking skills and can quickly become familiar with an area, there are always occasions whereby a pet is so distracted that they wander far beyond their comfort zone. If this happens, they can become lost and struggle to return home to you. Some outdoor cats can become trapped in outbuildings and garages, and in doing so, can quickly become dehydrated and unwell.
Accidents and injuries are less likely with an indoor cat
Unfortunately, countless cats are hurt outside of their home every day, be it from being hit by a car, poisoned by coming into contact with a toxic substance, or injuries sustained by falling or becoming trapped. In some instances, these types of accidents and injuries could have life-changing consequences, or even prove fatal.
Protect your cat from contagious diseases and parasites
There are many different diseases and parasites that can affect felines living in the United States. While it is possible to vaccinate your pet against the most common infectious diseases, keeping your cat indoors can reduce risk of contracting them even further.
It is crucial to understand that her risk isn’t eliminated entirely, and that preventative medication is still an essential part of your cat’s care.
Fleas are a particularly unpleasant parasite to deal with, as they invade your home and reproduce quickly, leading to an infestation of huge proportions. By ensuring your kitty is happy indoors, you again reduce the likelihood that this common parasite will be affect your cat and your family.
If you would like to discuss having an indoor cat with an experienced veterinarian, schedule an appointment at Geist Pet Wellness Clinic today at 317-434-1900.