Cats Living Inside and OutSome of our kitties have the luxury of spending time indoors and outdoors, but this can sometimes bring risks. For indoor cats, many owners choose to provide stimulating indoor environments complete with climbing towers, areas to scratch, and hunting simulation tools. Cats that stay inside are safer than those who go out, but there are precautions you can take to keep your outdoor kitty safe.
Enclosed outdoor play areas and runs can be constructed for cats- this will keep them away from the road or other animals that could harm them. Any cat that travels outdoors should have a microchip and be spayed or neutered. Because cats can bring in fleas, internal parasites such as roundworms, and ringworm (a fungal skin infection), certain preventative measures should be taken. There are medications available, such as Revolution, that provide good protection against fleas, intestinal worms, and heartworm. Revolution is available here at Packerland Veterinary Center. There are also over-the-counter products, but we caution against using these as they can be ineffective. We have also seen very serious side effects from accidental use of dog products on cats.
With winter here, you should also monitor the outdoor temperature, wind chill, and snow forecast. If your cat must go out in the winter, short trips either in an enclosed pen/shelter or on a leash are the safest. Be very cautious in any temperatures below 20 degrees or with low wind chills. Hopefully these tips can help keep your outdoor kitty safe this winter.