Do you allow your cat to go outdoors? Maybe you’ve adopted, or kind of adopted, a local feline? It’s always recommended that you keep Fluffy inside, but we know that some of our kitties like to investigate their outdoor environment. Others may never get used to indoor living. In this article, a veterinarian provides some advice on how to keep an outdoor cat healthy, happy, and purring.
Like all animals, your feline friend requires good food to thrive. Your best choice is probably kibble, since it lasts longer than wet food. But, leaving out too much food is not recommended, as this could attract pests and vermin, such as mice. Feed your cat inside, if possible.
A basic necessity for all animals is clean water. So, make sure that Fluffy has clean water available at all times. Regularly clean her water bowl, so germs and dust don’t build up in it.
Your cat might have on a fur coat, but it doesn’t offer total protection from the environment. When it’s cold or hot outside, you should bring your furry pal inside. But, it’s a good idea to make an emergency shelter, in case Fluffy gets stuck outside. One simple Do-It-Yourself project for this is to put two plastic storage totes together, fitting one inside the other. There should be a little space left over. Put newspapers or old towels in the space for insulation. Add a blanket on the inside for comfort. To make a kitty door, cut holes in the side.
Veterinarians recommend that all cats be microchipped, fixed, and kept up-to-date on vaccines and parasite control. This preventative care is especially important for felines that live or are allowed outside. Outdoor pets are more susceptible to germs and parasites than indoor ones, so they should come into the vet clinic a little more often. Ask your local veterinarian for an appointment schedule recommendation.
When taking care of your kitty, the best thing to do for her is keep her indoors. Your furry friend will be both safe and healthy by staying inside. This lifestyle change could take patience and time, but keep trying. Treats, toys, catnip, and kitty furniture can help make being inside a dream-come-true for Fluffy. If all you can do is put a limitation on your cat’s outdoor time, then only let her outside during the daytime, and when it’s warm and sunny.
Contact your local pet clinic for more information!