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Keeping an Outdoor Cat Healthy

July 15, 2021

Is your cat allowed to go outside? Maybe you’ve adopted, or semi-adopted—a local feline friend? While veterinarians always recommend that you keep Fluffy inside, we do understand that some kitties enjoy investigating their outdoor territory. Others might never get accustomed to an indoor lifestyle. Below, a vet provides some suggestions on keeping an outdoor cat healthy and purring.


Water

A basic necessity for all animals is water. Don’t forget that your furry pal should have fresh water available at all times. You’ll need to regularly wash Fluffy’s water bowl, so germs and dust don’t build up in it. 


Food

All animals need good food to have a full life. Kibble is probably your best choice, since it can last longer than wet food. But, it’s recommended that you don’t leave out too much food since this may attract mice and other pests. If possible, give your feline buddy her food indoors.


Veterinary Care

Veterinarians also recommend that all felines be microchipped, fixed, and kept current on parasite control and vaccines. These preventative measures are crucial for kitties that live or are let outside. Outdoor pets are subjected more to germs and parasites than indoor ones are, so they should go into a pet clinic a bit more often. Ask your vet for a recommendation for an appointment schedule.


Shelter

Fluffy’s fur coat may provide some protection, but definitely not complete protection from the elements. When it’s cold or hot outside, bring her inside. But, it’s a good idea to make an emergency shelter, in case Fluffy is left outdoors. An easy DIY project for this is to put two plastic storage totes together by fitting one inside the other, leaving a little room in between them. That space should be filled with newspapers or old towels to provide insulation. For your kittie’s comfort, add a plush blanket on the inside. Cut holes in one of the sides for a door. 


Lifestyle Change

Keeping an indoor cat inside is, of course, the best thing you can do for her. Fluffy will be healthier and safer by staying inside. This change in lifestyle could take patience and time, but don’t give up. To give them incentive to stay inside, offer toys, catnip, treats, and kitty furniture. If all you can do is limit Fluffy’s time outdoors, only allow her to go out during the day, and when the weather is nice. 


For more information on taking care of an outdoor cat, contact your local pet clinic!

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