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Should I let my cat outside?
Outdoor cats live an average of 2-5 years, while indoor cats live an average of 15 years.
Benefits of keeping your cat indoors
- No risk of being hit by a car and suffering serious or fatal injuries.
- They won’t get killed, attacked or eaten by dogs, foxes, raccoons or coyotes.
- Reduced risk of contracting fleas, parasites or worms from free-roaming animals.
- Reduced risk of serious illnesses, including rabies, feline leukemia virus (FeLV), feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV)and other contagious diseases.
- There is less chance of them getting hurt, abused, tortured, poisoned or killed by humans.
Help your cat live a happy & healthy indoor life by bringing the outdoors, indoors:
- Plant an indoor garden with cat-safe plants and herbs
- Set up window perches so they can look out and enjoy the view
- Playtime! By engaging in interactive play with your cat, you are drawing out their hunting instincts, which keeps their minds and boys active and engaged
- Supervise outdoor time by building an enclosed porch (or “catio”), or training them on a harness and leash for walks