Ok so you have bought a kitten, or you have fostered one from an animal shelter, now what?
Indoor Cat or Outdoor Cat, Which Is Best.
Most experts recommend that you keep your cat indoors as it’s much safer for them; they also suggest that they live longer lives as a result.
But you also have the other side of the argument put forward by cat lovers that cats should be able to use their instincts.
It’s quite right that cats kept indoors live longer lives than their outdoor counterparts. But the downside is that they are more likely to develop behavioural and psychological issues.
So the choice is ultimately yours, whether you choose in or out there are always risks.
Let us have a look at some facts that may help in your informed decision.
We have all heard the saying, “a cat has nine lives” if only this were true!
For a long time now people have been moving into cities and towns, away from small villages.
I remembered many years ago the surprise of hearing about, new towns popping up all over the UK as the government was attempting to ease the overpopulating of our cities.
which means more people and more road traffic
which in turn has made the urban environment hazardous for your furry friend.
And why people started to keep their cats indoors, but while keeping them indoors, other problems have materialised.
The Problems Associated With Indoor Cats.
Cats are just like us as far as they need regular exercise. Obesity can lead to severe problems such as heart disease and diabetes.
Obesity usually occurs in middle-aged cats, and generally in those that are between the age of 5 and 10.
Do you think your kitty is overweight?
If so, First of all, find out what weight your cat should be, your local veterinarian will help you with this.
Your veterinarian will determine your cat’s current body condition and advise on their ideal body weight.
Once you know what the cat’s weight should be, you then can put together a feeding plan.
First off all weigh yourself, then again while holding the cat, making a note of the weight difference.
Repeat this at least once a month but ideally once a week is prefered, this allows you to monitor the weight loss, but also it will enable you to regulate your feeding plan.
Don’t drastically reduce the food given to the cat as this can be catastrophic to their health, and your vet would have informed you of the appropriate weight loss to achieve over a said period.
The Vet Knows Best.
So just like us, to lose weight you’ve got to cut calories. Exercise is also needed, but we will cover that later.
It’s a misconception to think that cats don’t need regular meals and give them constant access and they will regulate their food intake themselves.
The majority of cats don’t possess that self-restraint, and when food is available, 24/7 has contributed to the high rate of obesity in cats.
Reducing a cat’s calories should always be done with your vet’s approval and guidance.
Try to gauge how much food you have been feeding your cat before visiting your vets, such as one large scoop or mug-full or more. Then your vet will know what to advise.
.In fact, the more information you can give your vet, the more he will know the right course of action.
Feed Canned Food
Canned cat food is, in most cases, lower in calories compared to the weight equivalent of dry food.
The water content in canned food does contribute to your cat feeling fuller quicker and more content.
There are several low-calorie foods available in the many pet stores specifically designed for weight loss.
And these are typically described as low-calorie “light” or even healthy-weight. Always introduce a new feeding regime gradually.
Introduce the new food slowly at first, by adding a small amount to the cat’s regular diet each day.
And will help minimise the possibility of any stomach upset due to the introduction of a diet change.
Now we turn our attention to giving your cat more activity, which goes hand in hand with reducing your cat’s calories.
Have at least one playtime with your cat each day.
Your cat may enjoy a walk outside if so spend some time acclimatising your cat to a harness and lead.
Short walks outside will increase physical activity and also supply mental stimulation.
Make sure all your cat’s vaccinations are up to date if walks outside are the order of the day.
Keeping your cat at the desired weight recommended is one of the most important and beneficial things you can do for them.
Risks For Outdoor Cats
There are lots of owners that have managed to keep healthy outdoor cats.
And it is especially true with cats kept in the countryside.
If you are sure that you want an outdoor cat, then be aware of the hazards that are associated with this.
One of the most common problems with outdoor cats is fleas.
Usually, fleas are non-threatening, but we know that can cause skin infections you may also notice vomiting and diarrhoea in extreme cases.
Go to your veterinarian if you discover these symptoms and discuss the best flea treatment as well as the current problem.
The next major problem facing outdoor cats is CARS.
Living in a big city or town with an endless stream of vehicles does present a big problem.
Your cat could get hit and sustain life-threatening injuries or lose their life.
Pet insurance is a great help at a time like that as your cat can receive the very best veterinary care,
You may think that your cat is big and strong enough to fend for itself out on the street, but the truth is much different.
Remember, you cannot control the outside environment of your cat.
With a little thought and planning, you can keep your indoor cat happy and healthy.
Buy two kittens instead of one. They will always have someone to play with and feel less lonely.
If you haven’t already purchased a kitten, then you may wish to consider cat adoption?
According to research, owning a cat or any pet you adopt from a shelter, has been shown to have a positive effect on us humans.
Taking a cat from a shelter can improve your sense of happiness and general well being.
Eight good reasons to adopt
- You will save more than 0ne life by deciding to choose to take a cat from a shelter.
- It makes financial sense if you adoption
- The personality is already known
- It’s also good for your mental health
- Cats can reduce children’s resistance to asthma
- There is a considerable choice of cat types available
- Cats are generally low maintenance which suits our busy lifestyles
- Cats are excellent for old people
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