5 Reasons to Keep Your Cat Indoors

Do you let your feline pal roam around? If so, you may want to consider grounding your furry buddy. Although your kitty may enjoy chasing butterflies, rolling around in the driveway, and refusing to come in when you call her, she will be both safer and healthier living indoors. Here, a Kalamazoo, MI vet lists some reasons to keep Fluffy inside.

Kitty Hazards

Cats that go outdoors face some very serious risks! Cars are one huge concern. Weather is another issue: wind, rain, snow, heat, and other weather conditions can all endanger your cute little pet. Chemical exposure is also a danger for kitties that go outside. Fluffy could get sick just by walking across a yard that was recently treated with fertilizer, and then licking her paws! Antifreeze is a hazard as well: it’s extremely toxic to pets, but unfortunately has a taste many of them find appealing. Last but not least, wild animals also pose a threat to your feline pal. Even other cats can be quite dangerous!

Parasites and Viruses

Cats that go outdoors are much more likely to contract dangerous parasites, such as fleas, ticks, and worms. They’re also at higher risk of contracting dangerous diseases and/or viruses, like rabies. That said, it is still important to keep indoor kitties current on vaccines and parasite control products.

Risk of Being Lost

Did you know that over 10 million pets are lost every year? Keeping Fluffy inside will almost entirely eliminate the chances of her getting lost or running away.

Protect Local Wildlife

Your cute little pet may be a ferocious hunter! Housecats kill almost 4 billion birds and 20 billion small animals annually. Keeping Fluffy inside will also help protect fragile wildlife populations.

Cats Can’t Make Up Their Minds

Finally, you may also want to consider the fact that Fluffy always seems to think she is on the wrong side of the door. If you let your furball out, she’ll probably want to come back in five minutes later . . . only to immediately demand you let her out right meow. Our feline friends also have a habit of meowing to go out, only to decide they don’t really want fresh air after all.

Please feel free to contact us, your local Kalamazoo, MI pet clinic, for all of your cat’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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