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Keeping Your Cat Indoors

Is your cat allowed to roam outdoors? Some kitties really enjoy outdoor kitty sports like chasing moths and leaving pawprints on our cars. However, Fluffy will be both safer and healthier living indoors. Here, a White Rock, TX vet discusses keeping your feline friend inside.

Dangers of Going Outdoors

Fluffy may think she’s a fierce, ferocious predator, but in truth, she’s very small and vulnerable, and can easily get hurt. As soon as your furball sets her cute little paws outside the door, she is susceptible to the dangers posed by cars, weather, predators, and even other kitties. She could also get stuck or trapped somewhere, and could be exposed to dangerous chemicals. Cats that go outdoors are much more likely to pick up dangerous parasites, such as fleas and ticks. They also face much greater risks of getting lost, hurt, or even killed.

Hunting

Cats aren’t the only ones in danger when Fluffy goes outside. Kitties are quite capable little hunters, and like leaving their human buddies ‘gifts’ to show their gratitude for the good care we provide. Unfortunately, our furry pals are decimating already-fragile wild bird populations. By some estimates, cats kill over a billion birds every year! That’s not even counting mice, chipmunks, and other small animals. If you do let your pet out, get her a breakaway collar and put a bell on it. This will make it harder for your furball to sneak up on unsuspecting prey.

Keeping Fluffy Content Indoors

If your cat has been allowed to go outdoors in the past, she may not be happy to find herself grounded. What you’ll want to do is discourage her from trying to get outside. When your kitty goes near the door, squirt her with water, or make a loud noise. (Tip: banging two pans together will work.) This will startle your cat, without actually hurting her. It’s also important to make the indoor life fun and comfortable for your feline pal. Set out lots of comfy cat beds, and get your pet some kitty furniture to play on. If you really want to get Fluffy’s little motor going, make her a catio or a little kitty garden. You can find a list of pet-safe plants at the ASPCA website here.

Does your cat need an exam, vaccinations, or veterinary care? Contact us, your White Rock, TX pet hospital, today!

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