It’s a common question: Is your cat an outdoor or an indoor cat? Many families let their kitties go outside, either for the adventure or because they believe that cats belong outside. Cats, after all, do have more intuition to come home than dogs do. They don’t get lost as easily, so it makes sense to let them wander, right? Well, there are actually several incredibly important reasons for why you should always keep your cat inside. Read on to see why outdoor cats are a bad decision.
The average lifespan for an outdoor cat is 3 years. An indoor cat’s life expectancy is 12 years. The difference is staggering, and can’t be ignored by those who insist their outdoor cat is “fine”. You never know when your cat could get injured, even if they’ve been going outside for years. Outdoor cats are also much more likely to contract diseases, which means even one slip up on their shots could mean disaster. Not to mention, outdoor cats have unlimited access to poisonous, or venomous animals. Cats get hit by cars very frequently; in fact, divers hit 630 cats each and every day. Your cat is constantly at risk when you let it outside and allow it to roam freely.
Cats are very territorial. They don’t like any animals approaching them. That means that your domestic cat is introduced into an ecosystem that didn’t evolve with cats in mind. They will relentlessly hunt, whether they’re hungry or not. Cats will cause destruction to plants, animals, and their habitats because they didn’t grow up in that environment. It’s also a potential threat that your cat will get into a fight with another cat, which can lead to bite wounds and infections. Strays, obviously, are not often vaccinated. And if your cat is not spayed or neutered, you could end up with kittens you can’t sell. For the safety of the environment and your cat, you need to keep your cat indoors, no matter how much it protests with meows and whines.
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