Is It Safe to Let Your Cat Go Outside? | Cat Care

Is It Safe to Let Your Cat Go Outside? | Cat Care

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Are you wondering if you should take your cat outside? That’s a great question. Taking your cat outside can be a really great form of environmental enrichment and keep your cat occupied and wear him out a little bit. However, you want to make sure that you do it safely. As you can imagine, cats that are outside are at a high risk of injury and death from toxins, other cats, larger animals such as dogs, and getting hit by cars, or just getting injured as they traipse around high areas. So if you are going to go out with your cat, you want to make sure that he’s safe, but you also need to make sure that the environment is safe. Remember, cats can do a lot of environmental damage when left to their own devices.

They’ll kill off songbirds relatively quickly, and for many people this is an unacceptable part of having cats outside. So if you are going to take your cat outside, the best thing you can do is make that you’re doing it in a controlled way. One way to do that is to create a little cat fenced-in area. Remember, you’re going to need a top on that as well, because they can climb right over. Or, you can teach your cat to walk on a leash. There are many different leash and halter set-ups that you can find at the pet shop and online. I like this one, it’s called the “come with me kitty” and it has a little bit of a bungee effect to it, so that it doesn’t get as strained against the cat as other flat-leash objects do. If you decide you want to use a halter though, it’s really important to teach your cat to be comfortable with one. And the way you start, is by just pairing the appearance of the halter with tasty food treats or games that your cat enjoys.

Now Cheech here, she’s just stressed out regardless of the halter, so I know she’s not going to take a treat from me right now, but if she were more calm, I would pick up the halter and give her a treat. And do that 3 or 4 times. As soon as I’d done that, every time she looks at the halter, I would give her a treat. And so on, until she will voluntarily put her head in the halter on her own for a reward. Then you’re at the point where you can actually take your cat outside and walk around. If you want to go the easier route, you can always put your cat in a little cat carrier, or in a cat stroller. But some cats don’t like confinement, so if you decide to do that, you’re going to have to train them in a similar way. But if you do this, you can take your cat outside safely both for the cat and for the environment.

20 Comments

  1. I take my tortoise for walks outside, then you people can let your God damn cats outside as well

  2. I would never let my cats roam or go outside. I'm very protective of my love muffins and rather them be safe in doors.

  3. I would keep my cat indoors if I could. I still live with my parents and my dad thinks the cat should go out whenever he wants but the problem is that the area we live in is just not safe for him. I worry about my cat a lot when he is out because I have lost 4 cats in the past few years so this one will be my last cat until I finally get my own place and can keep him indoors or move to an area where he is safe outside. Most cats our happiest when they can go in and out as they please but don't live as long. An indoor cat will live longer and can still be happy if you play with them and give them the exercise they need. But lots of adult cats don't want to play with toys or humans very much so ultimately it is up to the cat if they stay in or go out. A cat who wants out but is denied can become destructive. If you are lucky enough to have a cat that chooses to stay indoors then you should let it, especially if the area you live in is dangerous for your cat.

  4. My cat can go outside whenever she wants; come on cats are super-smart environment-wise, she even dominates the dog, I think it's silly not to let a cat out, you'd see the real independence of these hunters finishing up the birds in the yard LOL, and you'll never need a litter box :3

    Diseases, meh :c she's healthier than me…

    If the humanity ends tomorrow, she'll live :3 and she'll poop in my grave :c

  5. LOL LOOK AT 0:30 THE CATS TAIL IS UNDER ITS LEG………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………LOL!!!!!!!!

  6. Please who ever see this comment listen to me and all the comments that say do not let your cat out. Your cat has a better life inside then outside. There a risk of diseases your cat could get if they never had shots,a risk of pregnancy (if your cat is female and you never spray her), the risk of your cat getting injury and dying and the risk of your cat getting taken by a stranger its hard to believe but there are people out there who thinks its ok to take cats from outside. Sure you can put a collar on your cat and chip it but I doubt most of these cat kidnappers will take your cat to the shelter or return your cat to you they just put the collar off and take your cat. Its better if your cat stays inside too many cons for your cat to be outside.

  7. i see to many outside injured cats come into my clinic to let out my little baby out. Abcessess, FIV, hit by cars, maulings can happen any where. And a lot of people who buy cats dont microchip, desex or vaccinate their animals so they just add to the massive population of stray cats and spread disease while they are at it 

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