Quick Tips: Indoor vs. Outdoor

According to most veterinarians, indoor cats lead longer, healthier lives. Here are the reasons to keep your pet indoors.

Posted: Tue Nov 26 00:00:00 PST 2002

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The indoor vs. outdoor battle rages on. One veterinarian's standard answer is that if you want to expose your cat to cars, mean dogs, infectious diseases, mean cats, mean people, poisons and a whole host of other feline-unfriendly situations, then let it out just don't ask your veterinarian to declaw it first. There is a reason that cats are fabled to have nine lives if left outside long enough most will eventually need them all and may use them up more quickly than an attached owner would hope.

Cats spend most of their time sleeping (18 to 19 hours per day), something cats seem to have no problem getting done in a small house or apartment. More-than-adequate exercise and entertainment can be easily arranged if you are willing to make the effort. If you absolutely must take Spunky outside, do it in a supervised situation, and make sure vaccinations are current. Giving a taste of the outdoors may be a can of worms you do not want to open for the notoriously curious cat.

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Jenny    Morgantown, OH

5/15/2014 4:20:13 PM

I'm surprised that CatChannel didn't offer a more elaborative piece on this important topic, but they do cover it elsewhere on their site. For those wishing to give their indoor cats a bit of an "outdoor" experience, you might consider a cat window patio from these folks: LINK We love ours, and I try to always comment about them on articles like this, as it has truly enhanced the quality of life for our indoor kitties!

Rose    Fort Worth, TX

5/5/2014 10:02:40 AM

I'm wanting to stop my cat from going outside so much. How do I discourage her from going out? Jasmine is her name.

lou    boston, MA

2/1/2013 11:59:10 AM

good article, but it would be helpful if gave pointers on converting an outside cat to indoor

Pamela    Trumbauersville, PA

1/24/2013 5:48:10 AM

Good article. Going to share it with a friend who disagrees with me that cats should be kept indoors only. Despite the fact that she has lost several precious kitties to cars and wild animal attacks, she will not keep them indoors. Thank you!

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