If you’ve been a friend of The Village Pets for a while now, you know that our best friend, Lu the grey kitty cat queen, is an indoor/outdoor cat who occasionally ventures outside during the day, but always sleeps indoors. She loves to romp around in the garden, sit on top of the brand new VP Pet Taxi and greet clients when they drop their fur balls off for daycare and boarding.
If you’re curious about the potential for your indoor cat to explore the great outdoors, take a second to read on about some potential benefits, risks, and helpful hints.
Cats that spend some (or all) of their time outdoors face lots of risks, including cars, bacteria and other bugs, toxins, and larger predators. Some studies also argue that cats are an invasive species and have threatened other native wildlife species because they hunt and kill animals that are vital parts of the ecosystem.
While these risks will always be present, the benefits of letting an indoor cat outdoors for a short amount of time can be really great: they get back to their roots and can hunt, climb, and play; and they get physical and mental stimulation that helps reduce anxiety and stress. That’s what Lu loves - she loves watching the tiny chipmunks and birds flutter by and she also really loves romping in the fresh garden soil.
As with most articles we post here, there are lots of things to consider about your personal circumstances before making any decisions.
The conclusion: some cats are more well-suited for indoor life while others might enjoy a little bit of outside time. Make sure to fully evaluate your lifestyle, living environment, and the health of your cat before making any decisions. And as always, consult your vet for personalized advice.
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