Did you know that a free-roaming cat who is left to itself outdoors has an average lifespan of just three years? Compare this to the 12 to 15 year average for indoor cats, and you’ll understand how outdoor safety is vital to your cat’s health. Yet, even when kept indoors, cats can come in contact with hazards that put them at risk. Here are some safety tips for both indoor and outdoor times for your cat.
Keeping Cats Safe Indoors
When you are inside your home, make sure that there are no hazards within your cat’s reach. Poisonous plants and household cleaners, for instance, are big risks, and putting these up on a counter isn’t sufficient since cats are great at leaping. Get rid of dangerous plants and store chemicals or medications in a locked cabinet.
Cats don’t have to go outdoors to live a happy, healthy life, but sometimes they enjoy some outside time. If you’re going to take your cat outside, always supervise him or make sure your yard is properly fenced. To keep a cat in, you’ll need to add wire mesh at a 45-degree angle at the top of your fence, or use underground fencing designed for cats.
As an alternative, use an outdoor kitty condo setup. As long as this has some shade, your cat can enjoy the fresh air safely. Finally, make sure your cat has proper identification tags, just in case it gets out.
Your cat’s safety is your responsibility. Both inside and outside your home, you’ll need to take precautions to protect your pet. If you do, you’ll be rewarded with a long, healthy life for your fluffy little friend.
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