Indoors, a great place for a cat to be.
When Cats are indoors they are safe from harm.
- Safe from under the wheels of moving vehicles. It is the saddest thing to come across any animal on the side of the road; Let alone, one that could be someone’s beloved pet.
- Safe from other animals, the last thing you want is to come across your kitty bitten by a snake or badly hurt from attack by a dog.
- Safe from cat fights. Cats have a lot of nasties in their claws and teeth and can do serious damage to each other, which may mean a whopper of a vet bill.
- Safe from being stolen.
When Cats are indoors other species are safe from harm.
- Cats are natural predators and may hunt smaller animals that live in the areas around them. The ecosystems around us are very fragile and as cat owners we should do our part and keep our felines at home to protect wildlife from being eaten.
- When Cats are indoors, animal shelter populations remain low.
- If your cat has not been de-sexed and roams you will add to the number of unwanted kittens and cats. This is not only unfair on struggling shelters but can cost the life of cats and kittens who cannot find forever homes.
- Roaming cats with no identification risk being picked up and placed into shelters or the pound. It is not only important to give your cat an ID tag but to microchip as well, that way if they do get out they have a higher chance on coming back home to you.
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Yes, there are ways to still allow your cat to enjoy the outdoors while remaining safe and secure; how do you do this?
Most homes have areas down the side of the house that are often not used and let go to waste. These areas are perfect for doing up a little cat enclosure. These can be set up as a 24/7 area or just when you are home. Setting up as a 24/7 area allows you to be able to either set up a garden bed area for them to do their business in or a sheltered area for them to use litter trays. Perfect if you prefer they do their business outside of the house. Otherwise you can use the area as extra interactive activity area they can enjoy randomly.
A quick search of the web will find many ideas and products for setting up cat enclosures.
Are you worried about your cats getting bored because they can’t roam and catch little birds? Enclosed cat areas will provide a great about of stimulation but if you are still worried why not look into interactive cat games. Just like dogs, cats crave challenge, fun and stimulation. Keep their minds busy and them active with cat toys.