Should I Let My Cat Outside?
Nearly every cat owner faces the question, should I let my cat outside? It is hard for cat owners to keep their cats inside the house. You feel that it is unfair to make their cat stay indoors. We all know that cats love to jump and run and hunt outside. However, being outside can be full of problems for your kitty. As the days get nicer it seems even more difficult to make them stay inside but here are a few things to consider.
There are many safety risks to consider before letting your cat go outside. One of the biggest risks comes from other cats. Cats that are not from the same household tend to not like to see other cats in what they consider their space. This can be a problem when they decide to fight it out. Many cats are treated every year for bite wounds from other cats. Cars are also a huge risk for your cat. Like it or not many cats are hit by cars when they suddenly dart across the road and it generally does not end well for the cat.
Your cat can be exposed to many things when meeting up with other kitties outside. Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) or Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) are a couple. They can also be exposed to things like distemper and rabies. If you think rabies are a thing of the past you would be wrong. New Mexico have rabies cases every year. Let us not forget about fleas, ticks, ear mites, round and intestinal worms. Yuck! You can get medications for these, but they can be a challenge to get rid of.
There are many animals outdoors that will not be friendly to your cat also. Foxes, raccoons, and coyotes are a few. They will prey on your cat. In New Mexico, we have coyotes and they love to eat cats. Many families lose the family cat to the neighborhood coyote every year. Do not forget about humans who do not like to see outdoor roaming cats. They can be dangerous to your cat also.
If you are going to let your cat outside, make sure to bring them into Vetco and get all their vaccinations up to date and get them microchipped. That way you can at least let them out with a little more peace of mind.