He may love the outdoors but allowing your cat to explore outside could impact his health, safety and wellbeing, and even shorten his lifespan considerably. Why there such a difference in the wellness and safety of indoor cats as compared to outside ones? A look at the potential for injury, illness and even getting lost reveals why outdoor cats face so much risk.
Disease and Parasites
Cats that venture outdoors come into contact with other cats; according to the Humane Society, there are 60 million cats living feral or without homes in the US. This creates a staggering amount of risk for these animals and those that venture into their territory. From fleas and ticks to more serious conditions like rabies and Feline Leukemia can spread rapidly through a population and can be devastating to unprotected pets. Keeping your cat indoors assures he avoids contact and that his risk is minimized.
Predators, other humans and most of all, vehicles pose a risk for your pet when he lives outside even part of the time. Some birds of prey will attack small dogs and cats, but dogs, coyotes, snakes and raccoons are primary risks in our area. Your pet is not likely to encounter one of these predators in your own living room – or be exposed to roads and traffic, either.
Population Control Issues
Your female cat, if unsprayed, can come home with an unexpected litter of kittens on the way – and while a male won’t be adding pets to your own household, he can father many kittens in a very short amount of time, adding to the feral cat community increasing population problems.
From keeping your own pet safe from harm to avoiding making a bad feral cat problem worse, keeping your cat inside is the best thing for him, for you and for your community.