RedsKop

The Quintessential Info Hub for Unofficial Liverpool Fc (The Reds), Life, Cats and much more

Indoor Cats vs Outdoor Cats

Indoor Cats vs Outdoor Cats: Pros and Cons

Having a Cat as a pet is one of the most delightful and indescribable things in life.

Yet, one of the most important questions faced by every Cat Parents is to decide the way how their Cat(s) will live…whether Indoors or Outdoors.

The Pros and Cons of raising an Indoor Cat or an Outdoor Cat has to be carefully considered before making any decision on the way the cat should live.

Pros
Indoor CatsOutdoor Cats
• No risk of getting injured or killed by vehicles• Keeps mind active
• Unlikely to be contracted with infectious diseases or parasites• Provides adequate exercise
• Avoid fights with other animals (cats, dogs, wild animals) 
• No encounters with deliberate acts of cruelty 
• Less exposure to toxins (rat poison, antifreeze, baits) 
• Keeps wildlife safe 

 

Cons
Indoor CatsOutdoor Cats
• Can become lazy and overweight, if not provided with scheduled play times• Can get injured or killed by vehicles
• Can become bored without toys or engaging activities• Pesticides, spoiled foods, poisonous plants etc. can cause serious harm
 • Can get infected with diseases such as Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and Feline Leukemia (FeLV)
 • Can contract other diseases and parasites through hunting (like tuberculosis, salmonella, feline ischemic encephalopathy)
 • Wild animals, reptiles can prey on cats
 • Can become a victim of animal cruelty in the name of sport or pleasure
 • Can become lost and taken by Animal Control
 • Unwanted loss of habitat as birds and small animals can become prey

However for Indoor Cats, make sure to:

  • Provide plenty of love and attention
  • Provide adequate hiding places, food puzzle feeders, perches, toys, etc. for exercise and mental stimulation
  • Monitor nutrition and body condition
  • Make time once or twice a day to play with cat
  • Provide couple of scratching posts (vertical or horizontal)
  • Not to leave a cat indoors without any interaction for too long
  • Keep all the windows and doors locked
  • Microchip the cat as a precaution
  • Keep enough litter trays and bowls (one per cat)
  • Train the cat to walk on a leash, for occasional walks outside
  • Grow cat-friendly grass or catnip
  • Consider having another cat as an companion

 

Verdict: Only senseless people might say its animal cruelty to keep the cats indoors for most of its life. But, on an average the Indoor Cats lives longer than the Outdoor Cats.

Still, Indoor Cats requires regular physical and mental stimulation by providing toys, food puzzle feeders, scratching posts and so on.

 

#Cats #Indoor #Outdoor