Whilst I don’t always write about it, we have two cats. One is some 12 years old now, and the other seven years old. They’re both outdoor cats, and whilst having a pet cat can be one of the most rewarding experiences in life – even if that cat is an outdoor cat like ours. Experts estimate that about 65 percent of all 80 million pet cats in the United States live outdoors and I suspect the number for the UK is a similar percentage. Outdoor cats have free roam of the garden and beyond, and if they’re like mine, they soon come back for love, affection, water, food and companionship. It might seem daunting to have an outdoor cat as a pet, because you may feel worried about them when they’re out of your sight.
However, there are some things that you can do to ensure that your cat stays happy and healthy, even if they’re not always living under your roof. Here are some helpful tips for protecting the wellbeing of your outdoor cat.
Chip Your Cat
Chips are not just for dogs. You can get a chip put in a cat so that if your cat gets lost or runs away, someone can check the chip and see who she belongs to. Ask your vet about chipping your cat at your next visit. It’s a really simple procedure and one that really gives peace of mind.
Give Your Cat a Collar
Get a tag created for your cat that has his name, your address and phone number, and any other relevant information. Then, put it on a collar and have your cat wear it. While cats may not love collars, they are very helpful if your cat ever gets lost or is found by a stranger.
Treat Your Cat for Parasites
There are lots of pests out there in the world that want to hop a ride and live on the back of your cat. For example, fleas are one of them. Make sure to treat your cat for fleas so she doesn’t get and suffer from them living outside. Ask your vet if Comfortis — a chewable tablet flea preventative– is the right treatment for your cat. Your vet may have other helpful ideas about how to keep your outdoor cat flea-free all year long.
Get Your Cat Spayed or Neutered
One risk of having a cat go out in the wild is that they might end up with kittens. And, while kittens are very cute, you can end up with a lot of them — quickly. So, make sure you get your cat spayed or neutered before you let him or her roam off in the wild. This will help not only prevent your cat from creating a litter of kittens, but also help keep the population of stray cats in check in your area.
Leave Food and Water Outside
Your cat might not arrive in time to get food and water inside at night. (Or, you might not feed your cat inside). If so, keep food and water outside for your cat at all times. That way, your cat can make sure he has access to proper nutrition and that he is not at risk of starving or becoming dehydrated.
If you have a pet cat that lives outside, there are some simple steps that you can take to ensure that your cat has the best life possible. By taking preventive steps and being present and mindful, you’ll be certain that your cat has as enriching and fun a life as possible — and that you get to enjoy that life right alongside him for many years.
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Lannie, writer for Allivet. Allivet provides affordable pet supplies and pet medications, all of which can be purchased online. Listed below are some helpful resources referenced in the article that can provide some guidance for those looking for helpful information on pet supplies & medication: