Keeping cats safe outdoors is possible for indoor cat owners
In an extra special guest post for indoor cat owners, Eve Davies, Communications Director of ProtectaPet discusses keeping cats safe outdoors. ProtectaPet offer a comprehensive range of cat products, how-to guides and an installation service. If you’re an indoor cat owner with a garden and are keen to allow your cats safe access without the associated risks of keeping outdoor cats, take a look at their excellent website here.
Many cat owners hate the idea of confining their pets to the home 24/7.
It’s understandable to feel that way; cats love to be outdoors, playing, hunting, relaxing and enjoying all the fun and games that nature has to offer. The problem is there are dangers out there that come in many shapes and sizes, everything from traffic accidents to cat theft. Thankfully, as responsible cat owners, there are steps you can take that will help to keep your cats safe outdoors. These steps will allow your cats to enjoy the fresh air while reducing the dangers and your stress levels.
- Take your cat to the vet to be micro-chipped. The micro-chip is a safety net, helping to ensure lost and injured kitties make it back to their owners. Collars with your contact details are also a must, be we all know how easy cats can escape their collars, so always get your cat (and dog) micro-chipped.
- Neuter all cats, even those that are being kept indoors. Un-neutered Tom cats will go for very long adventures in order to find a mate. On this adventure they are far more likely to come into harm’s way, crossing multiple roads, losing track of their territory and so on.
- Provide your cat with an outdoor toilet or encourage the use of an indoor cat litter tray. Give them a place to go so they don’t have to wander around into the neighbours’ garden or the surrounding area.
- Keep your cats indoors at night time. Don’t allow them to wander off as the risk of being struck by a car is increased after dusk.
- Create a feeding routine that will ensure your cat is more likely to be inside the home during the busiest periods of the day.
- Train your cat to come when you call or make a sound using a clicker or shaking the cat food.
- Use a cat fence barrier, cat enclosure, cat run or cat containment system that will provide your cat with the freedom to go outdoors, while keeping them in a safe area where they cannot come to any harm. Stimulate your cats in the enclosure by providing toys and activities that allow them to indulge their natural instincts.
We hope you’ll find these tips useful for keeping your cat safe while allowing them to explore the outside world. We’re on hand if you’d like to ask us questions about our pet containment systems, which are fully customisable to suit your space. Call us on 01782 900 117 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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ProtectaPet are a rapidly growing company, owned and managed by Simon and Eve Davies, and run by the dedicated staff in the experienced installation and online shop departments. As a team of pet owners and animal lovers, they understand pets and their owners’ needs. They’ve have spent six years optimising their patented products to make a unique offering of the best combination of quality and value for the discerning pet owner.
ProtectaPet’s ethos is simple: a happy pet equals a happy owner. Understanding the behaviour of pets is a good start to developing products that make pets feel closer to their natural habitat. ProtectaPet wants every pet to access their vision of a safe territory. Pets differ from each other as much as people and pets of the same species have different needs and no two cats or dogs are identical, they all have a unique personality. Keeping cats safe outdoors is their priority.