Some cats prefer to hang out inside all day, while others need to spend time outdoors just to get their exercise and stimulation. While it would be ideal for health and safety reasons to keep your feline friend inside at all times, this sometimes isn’t realistic. With that being said, here are some safety tips we have compiled for those kitty cats who prefer the great outdoors.
Unlike collars and tags, microchips cannot fall off and get lost. They serve as permanent identification for a pet’s entire life. Plus, microchipping a pet is very simple. A veterinary technician injects the tiny chip between your pet’s shoulder blades. Because the chip is encased in hypoallergenic, bio-friendly glass, allergic reactions to chips are incredibly rare.
Keep Those Claws
If your cat goes outdoors at all, don’t de-claw them! Felines who venture outside of the home rely on their claws for defense, and if you de-claw your cat, they are more susceptible to threats from dogs and other cats—plus, their climbing abilities will be limited, which makes their outdoor life risky.
Be Smart with Vaccines
If your cat does go outdoors frequently, make sure to communicate this to your veterinarian so they can give your feline their proper shots. A common vaccine for outdoor cats includes the feline leukemia vaccine—there may be other necessary shots depending on your cat’s other lifestyle factors.
Make Sure Your Feline is Spayed or Neutered
When cats are not fixed, they are likely to roam away from your house. The more that cats roam, the higher their chances are of getting into any accidents such as being struck from a car or getting into a fight with another cat. Plus, when your feline is spayed or neutered, this eliminates any chances of reproduction. So, if your outdoor cat isn’t already fixed, do so as soon as possible!