Should Cats Be Kept Inside?

by Alex Kountry
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A debate over whether cats should be allowed to roam free or kept indoors. Some people think that cats should be kept inside for their own safety, while others believe that cats are natural predators and should be allowed to roam free.

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The Pros of Keeping Cats Indoors

Keeping cats inside has a number of benefits for both the cat and the owner. Cats who stay indoors typically live longer, healthier lives than those who are outdoors. They are also less likely to contract diseases, get into fights, or be hit by cars.

They’re protected from the dangers of the outdoors

When cats are kept indoors, they are protected from the many dangers that exist outside. Cars, trucks, and other vehicles present a constant threat to outdoor cats—one that can result in serious injury or death. Cat parents who keep their feline friends inside can rest assured that their pets are safe from vehicular traffic.

In addition to the dangers posed by cars and trucks, outdoor cats also face the risk of attack by other animals. While Domestic short-haired and long-haired cats are not typically considered prey animals, they can fall victim to predators such as coyotes, dogs, foxes, and birds of prey. Cats who spend time outdoors are also at risk of being bitten or scratched by other animals—including other cats. Keeping your cat indoors can help prevent them from becoming injured in a fight or contracting a disease from another animal.

They can’t wander off and get lost

When cats wander outdoors, they run the risk of getting lost. According to The Humane Society of the United States, one in three pets will get lost in their lifetime.

most cats who go missing are indoor-only cats who slipped out accidentally or were let out by someone who didn’t know they were indoor-only. Once outside, these cats have no idea how to find their way back home and become easy prey for cars, animals and cruel people.

In contrast, an indoor cat is much more likely to be reunited with his guardians if he becomes lost because he won’t have gone far from home.

They’re less likely to contract diseases

Cats that live outdoors are exposed to a variety of disease-causing microbes, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. They can also be exposed to toxic chemicals and plants. Although indoor cats can contract some of the same diseases as outdoor cats, the risks are much lower.

Some of the most common diseases that outdoor cats contract are upper respiratory infections, diarrhea, ringworm, and flea infestations. Outdoor cats are also at greater risk for being hit by cars, attacked by other animals, or stolen.

In contrast, indoor cats live within a controlled environment where they are protected from many of the dangers that confront outdoor cats. By keeping your cat indoors, you can help reduce its risk of contracting diseases and suffering injuries.

The Cons of Keeping Cats Indoors

While there are some benefits to keeping cats indoors, there are also a number of drawbacks that cat owners need to be aware of. One of the biggest problems with keeping cats indoors is that it can lead to a sedentary lifestyle for your feline friend.

They may become bored and restless

While it is possible to keep a cat happy and healthy indoors, there are some potential downsides that you should be aware of. One of the biggest concerns is that they may become bored and restless. If they do not have enough to do, they may start to exhibit destructive behaviors such as scratching furniture or urinating outside of their litter box.

Another potential issue is that they may miss out on important socialization opportunities with other cats. This can lead to behavioral problems down the road. Finally, indoor cats are at a higher risk for obesity and other health problems due to a sedentary lifestyle.

They may not get enough exercise

If you keep your cat indoors, it is important to provide them with plenty of opportunities to exercise. A lack of exercise can lead to obesity and other health problems. It can also cause behavioral problems such as restlessness,destructiveness, and aggression.

They may not get enough vitamin D

There are a few cons to keeping your cat indoors, the main one being that they may not get enough vitamin D. cats need vitamin D to maintain strong bones and healthy muscles, and without enough of it, they can become sick. If you live in an area with little sun, consider giving your cat a supplement or taking them to the vet for regular checkups.

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Alex Kountry

Alex Kountry is the founder of HayFarmGuy and has been a backyard farmer for over 10 years. Since then he has decided to write helpful articles that will help you become a better backyard farmer and know what to do. He also loves to play tennis and read books


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