We as cat owners always want what is best for our cats and sometimes when they are kittens the idea of letting them outside can be quite daunting so sometimes owners make the decision for the kitten to be kept indoors into its adult life. Of course there are pros and cons to both indoor… Read more »
We as cat owners always want what is best for our cats and sometimes when they are kittens the idea of letting them outside can be quite daunting so sometimes owners make the decision for the kitten to be kept indoors into its adult life.
Of course there are pros and cons to both indoor and outdoor cats. To get the discussion going we thought we would offer up some information on the difference between Indoor and Outdoor cats.
- The first obvious pro of having an indoor cat is their safety. If your cat is kept indoors they are limited to the amount of trouble they can get into and are less likely to get into fights or get harmed in traffic accidents.
- If a cat however is being kept inside its whole life it will need constant stimulation that it would be getting if it were out in the big wide world. Varying toys and thinking of fun ways for your cat to climb around and use the space it has are key to your indoor cats happiness!
- Socialisation is incredibly important for any animal and cat’s who are kept indoors, without a sibling with them, can sometimes become very anxious and find it difficult to do things such as regular vet trips.
Without being exposed to other cats/animals or things outside their home, indoor cats as they get older can become difficult to manage when they are not in the environment they are used to.
- Of course Outdoor cats can be anxious little creatures too, but as they are exposed to far more in the world, they will find things such as vet trips much easier to manage because it isn’t as scary to them.
If you are thinking of adopting a cat and keeping it inside we would highly recommend, if you are able to, thinking of adopting a pair of siblings. They will be able to keep each other company if you are not always at home, and they will keep each other socialised!
- Weight gain can become very easy for indoor cats too as they will be exercising far less than a cat who is outside. We’d recommend having a chat to your vet about diet if your cat is remaining inside.
As always if you have any questions or concerns regarding your cat’s health, whether they are indoor or outdoor, please do get in touch and we will do what we can to help!