With more dangers than ever posed by the outdoors for our feline friends, lots of owners are choosing to either minimise their time spent outside or avoid it altogether. Exploring is, however, an important part of a cat’s natural instincts, so if you do choose to allow them the freedom for this outside the home then there are steps you can take to help ensure their safety.
Absolute musts for outdoor cats include ensuring they have all the necessary up to date vaccinations, such as rabies, if they are encountering other animals, and also that they’re wearing a collar with an ID tag should they stray too far from home. It’s also advisable to make sure your cat is micro-chipped for extra safety should their collar come off.
One of the most common problems reported by owners of outdoor cats is other felines. The hunt for resources such as food is often the reason for intrusions into homes. Most owners feed their cats a couple of times each day, but cats are in fact best fed little and often throughout the day to prevent hunger. Trying to accommodate this as much as possible will help to prevent your cat from becoming an intruder into others’ homes, which can put them at more risk of fights. Why not try an automatic Pet Feeder as means of giving your pet frequent, portion controlled meals at regular intervals even when you’re not home? Our range provides some great solutions for busy owners! Another tip to help deter those cats searching for food is to move any bowls away from easily visible positions close to cat flaps.
Cat flaps are ideal for allowing your cat the freedom to come and go as they please, but they can also be a gateway for unwelcome felines! This can increase the chance of fighting infections, and you’ll find that cats are persistent and can be hard to discourage once this behaviour starts. Upgrading your cat flap to a more advanced option is a great way to prevent intruders and stray cats while still allowing yours the freedom they desire. Our Microchip Petporte Smart Flap® reads your cat’s microchip to allow entry to your home, without the need for a collar, so you can have peace of mind that it’s activating only by authorised cats. If you’re having problems with other cats in your garden, which is putting your feline in harm’s way, then a good solution is to enclose the area with a fence or equivalent system. That way, your cat will have a safe outside area to access, without you needing to worry about their safety. Make sure your garden is feline friendly too by providing areas of shade and shelter and only planting plants and flowers that are non-toxic and safe for cats.
There’s no reason you can’t give your cat freedom to enjoy the outdoors, and the opportunity to exercise their natural feline instincts that this brings, but taking measures to support this and using the various options available nowadays will help protect their safety when outside and give you peace of mind.