We humans love our cats. They are wonderful and beloved companions for many people all over the world. They are cute, cuddly, and entertaining, and it's no wonder that they have been domesticated for thousands of years. However, many cat owners still debate whether their feline friends should be kept indoors or allowed to roam free outside. But we have to apply some critical thinking, and not let our egos get in the way. In this article, I will explore the reasons why keeping cats indoors is the best option for their safety, health, and well-being.
Protection from outdoor hazards
Outdoor environments pose several dangers to cats. They may be attacked by other animals, hit by cars, or get lost or stolen. Cats can also be accidentally (or, would you believe, deliberately) exposed to toxins like pesticides, fertilizers, and antifreeze, which can be fatal. Additionally, they can contract diseases like feline leukemia, feline AIDS, and rabies, which can be transmitted by other animals or through bites. "But there are hazards indoors as well!!". Maybe - but they are in your control. External hazards are not. And there are a lot of nefarious people who really don't give two hoots about what happens to your cat.
Prevention of hunting
Cats are natural hunters, and it's in their instincts to chase and catch prey. Unfortunately, outdoor cats may hunt birds and small animals, which can upset the ecosystem and cause harm to wildlife populations. Keeping cats indoors can help reduce the impact of their hunting and help maintain a balance in the ecosystem.
Cats that are kept indoors are generally healthier than outdoor cats. They are less likely to contract infectious diseases or parasites, and they are not exposed to extreme weather conditions like heat, cold, or rain, which can cause health problems. Indoor cats are also less likely to get injured from fights with other animals, which can lead to abscesses and other infections.
Indoor cats are less stressed than outdoor cats. They are not exposed to loud noises (fireworks are a good example), traffic, or other stressful stimuli, which can cause anxiety and fear in cats. Additionally, indoor cats have a predictable routine and environment, which can help reduce stress and make them feel more secure and relaxed.
Cats that are kept indoors generally have longer lifespans than outdoor cats. They are less likely to be injured or killed by outdoor hazards, and they are less likely to contract diseases or parasites. Additionally, indoor cats are more likely to receive regular veterinary care, which can help prevent and treat illnesses.
In my opinion it's not a discussion; keeping cats indoors is the best option for their safety, health, and well-being. While some cats may enjoy exploring the great outdoors, the risks and dangers that they may encounter are simply too great. Indoor cats can (and do) still enjoy a happy and fulfilling life with the right care, attention, and stimulation from their owners.