Indoor versus Outdoor Cats: Part 2 of 2

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What do you need to keep your outdoor cat safe? Where does she go when you let her out? These are questions you might have if you own or are considering owning an outdoor cat.

Free-roaming pet cats tend to stay within two acres of their home, according to a study published in the Journal of Wildlife Management. And, while stray cats spend about 14% of their time engaged in vigorous activity such as stalking prey, pet cats  are only active about 3% of the time. Read more here.

If your cat spends a lot of time outdoors, there are some important safety factors to consider. Make sure your cat is vaccinated, because she will be more prone to disease exposure when she’s outside. Because outdoor cats are more likely to encounter trauma, keep an eye out for wounds or abscesses and get them immediately checked out by a vet. Use preventative medications to avoid flea, tick, and other parasite exposure. Finally, if your cat loves to be outside but you don’t want to risk her safety, consider teaching her how to walk on a leash.

Check out this website for the information cited in this article: http://pets.webmd.com/cats/features/how-to-care-for-an-outdoor-cat