Many cat owners hate the idea of confining their pets to the home 24/7. It’s understandable to feel that way; cats love to be outdoors, playing, hunting, relaxing and enjoying all the fun and games that nature has to offer. The problem is there are dangers out there that come in many shapes and sizes, everything from traffic accidents to cat theft. Thankfully, as responsible cat owners, there are steps you can take that will help to keep your cats safe outdoors. These steps will allow your cats to enjoy the fresh air while reducing the dangers and your stress levels.
1.Take your cat to the vet to be micro-chipped. The micro-chip is a safety net, helping to ensure lost and injured kitties make it back to their owners. Collars with your contact details are also a must, be we all know how easy cats can escape their collars, so always get your cat (and dog) micro-chipped.
2.Neuter all cats, even those that are being kept indoors. Unneutered Tom cats will go for very long adventures in order to find a mate. On this adventure they are far more likely to come into harm’s way, crossing multiple roads, losing track of their territory and so on.
3.Use a cat enclosure or cat containment system that will provide your cat with the freedom to go outdoors, while keeping them in a safe area where they cannot come to any harm. Stimulate your cats in the enclosure by providing toys and activities that allow them to indulge their natural instincts.
4.Provide your cat with an outdoor toilet or encourage the use of an indoor cat litter tray. Give them a place to go so they don’t have to wander around into the neighbours’ garden or the surrounding area.
5.Keep your cats indoors at night time. Don’t allow them to wander off as the risk of being struck by a car is increased after dusk.
6.Create a feeding routine that will ensure your cat is more likely to be inside the home during the busiest periods of the day.
7.Train your cat to come when you call or make a sound using a clicker or shaking the cat food.
We hope you’ll find these tips useful for keeping your cat safe while allowing them to explore the outside world. We’re on hand if you’d like to ask us questions about our pet containment systems, which are fully customisable to suit your space. Call us on 0800 999 4008 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.