When it comes to making your cat happy, some people think that outdoors are a natural way to make cats happy. And that can be true to an extent, however the risks overweight the benefits.
One of the main concerns are exposing the cats to nasty diseases. The Feral American Coalition estimates that there are still 60 million feral stray homeless cats in the US and a huge amount of them carry some diseases that could be pass on to your cat.
Among them we could name:
-Feline Leukemia (FeLV)
-Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)
-Panleukopenia (Feline Distemper)
-Upper Respiratory Infections
-Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP)
Another problem they can get get exposed while wandering outside is parasites:
Besides infecting your cat, these parasites can enter your house and infect your family.
-Cats can often get hit by cars, specially in busy cities.
-Lose dogs and other wild animals can attack your cat. Injuries from predators are usually very serious and can be fatal
-Animal cruelty is unfortunately something we still see nowadays. Some people would shoot, poison, or do any sort of cruelties to a cat who enter their property.
– Talking about poison, they could also be exposed to baits or even toxic plants that they could eat.
-Trees could be another problem. While it might look like fun to see a cat climb a tree and some time it’s a good defensive move, sometimes they don’t know how to climb down and either stay up for several days, risking to get very sick due to dehydration or they could even fall and suffer severe and even fatal injuries.
There are unlimited resources to keep a happy cat indoors, and if you think your home is not suitable to keep a car indoors, maybe a cat won’t be a good match as a pet for you.