Did you know that one of the best things you can do for your cat is to keep her safe and sound indoors? Fluffy is quite curious and adventurous, and she does enjoy the stimulation and enrichment her outdoor explorations provide. However, your cute pet is much, much safer staying safe and sound inside. Here, a Frederick, MD vet lists some reasons why.
Fleas, ticks, and mosquitos can—and do—get indoors. It’s important to keep up with Fluffy’s parasite control even if she doesn’t go outside. However, the risk of your feline pal being exposed to parasites—and the diseases and parasites they carry—are much higher outside.
Fluffy’s fur coat provides some insulation, but it isn’t enough to protect her from extreme weather. Snow is particularly dangerous. Can quickly get into trouble in blizzards.Fluffy is over her head in just a foot of snow!
Cars are one of the biggest threats to outdoor cats. Sadly, many pets are hit and hurt or killed each year. Err on the side of caution.
Fluffy could also wander a bit too far and be unable to find her way home again. Snow is a concern here as well, as it can mask scents and landmarks that help her find her way home. Cats have also been known to hop into open trunks or vehicles without being seen.
Chemical exposure is another risk for pet owners to be aware of. Antifreeze is one concern: it’s extremely poisonous, but unfortunately many brands have a sweet taste that is appealing to cats. Although some companies are addressing this, it’s still a concern. Lawn/garden chemicals, pesticides, and fertilizers also pose threats. Kitties only need to walk through a treated patch to be at risk, as they’ll ingest any chemicals on their fur when grooming themselves.
Keeping Fluffy indoors won’t only keep her safe: it’s also better for local wildlife. Cats kill billions of birds and other small animals every year. In fact, our feline friends are a serious threat to certain endangered small animal populations. While you may not mind having some help with mouse control, it’s best to let your cute pet practice her lion skills on catnip mice.
If you have questions about your kitty’s health or care, please contact us, your Frederick, MD vet. We’re dedicated to offering purrfect service.