Cats are one of the most popular pets and many families prefer to raise them at home.
There are many differences between outdoor cats or cats are allowed to go out, and cats living indoors.
The first difference is that cats indoors live more than outdoor cats. The indoor cat may live for more than 20 years. But the outdoor cat is lucky if it lives for the most five years only. The reason is that outdoor cats are more exposed to many risks and diseases like fleas, helminths, lice, ticks, and lashing eaters, as well as contacting homeless congeners.
Or fighting with other cats. Some serious widespread diseases are feline AIDS, feline leukemia abscesses.
In addition, eating wild mice and birds affects their health. A cat can become infected with various viral, bacterial and fungal infections from infected rodents. Many diseases are dangerous to humans. However, indoor cats receive immunizations and vaccination needed to protect against diseases.
The outdoor cat can be poisoned by various poisons from rodents, snail poison, anti-freeze liquid or rat poison, poisoned mice, and household chemicals.
Some pretty common ornamental plants and flowers, such as lilies or the Christmas star, are toxic to the cat. In addition, the busy streets are particularly dangerous; they may die under the wheels of a car or from the teeth of stray dogs. They are more vulnerable to attack by other animals such as foxes or dogs, especially other potentially aggressive rivals.
Mature fertile individuals are most at risk.
The second difference is that indoor cats are larger in weight and size. They gain weight easily due to good feeding and little activity. However, outside cats can walk, run, climb, and carry out physical activities freely.
Thirdly, cats have instinctive scratching behavior. However, indoor cats cannot give vent to this Instinct. The owner of the cat probably will not like the scratched furniture.
On the contrary, outside cats are totally free to give vent to this Instinct and scratch what they want in the street.
Fourthly, outdoor cats have the chance to find new things to taste, between textures, see, smell, and experiences that stimulate their natural curiosity.
On the contrary, at home they cannot walk freely in large areas, cannot explore new places, and cannot taste any food except which served to them.
You probably want to give your cat advantages of living outside, such as greater physical activity, exposure to natural stimuli and the possibility of venting its instinct with behaviors such as exploration.
But you should avoid the well-known risks. These include cars, other animals, diseases and pests, toxic chemicals or plants and the possibility of getting lost or trapped.
In addition, A cat, especially pedigree or unusual, can be stolen.
So, safety aspects are very important before you leave the house or apartment for getting some sun and breathe pure air with your cat.
How to let your cat go outside safely
Protect your cat from infectious diseases. Do not let it out for at least a week after completing the first cycle of vaccines and the first treatment for fleas and worms.
Check that you have freed the garden from any sharp objects or toxic substances that the kitten could trample or swallow.
Choose a quiet time. Check that they are not doing work nearby. The cat can be frightened by loud noises.
Never leave a cat out alone, not even for a minute. So, it has no defense against aggression from other animals.
Always accompany it outside and let it play for short periods of time, then return it.
Stay very close to it and remember that cats move very quickly, especially if scared.
Whenever possible, tell your neighbors that you plan to take the cat out, if they have a dog, keep an eye on your cat when they meet.
Cover any water mirrors such as fountains or ponds to make sure the cat does not fall into it.
Remove any harmful chemicals in your garden. Moreover, make sure that the neighborhood free of any poisonous plants
Finally, be sure to give the vaccinations necessary for your cat. Moreover, go to the veterinarian immediately if any disease has occurred.