Freedom for felines
Is your cat ready to roam? Your garden is likely be a great place for your cat to get fresh air, stimulation and exercise, but knowing about potential dangers can help you keep your pet safe.
Your cat and the great outdoors
Most cats love exploring the great outdoors and having outside access can help cats get more exercise while exhibiting some of their natural behaviours. This page explains some of the dangers that exist outside and what you can do to keep your cat safe.
Cats can be injured through contact with other cats, dogs and humans. Neutering may reduce aggression, but cat fights can still occur, especially when new cats move into the area. Cats will often 'time share' territory, with two cats sharing the same territory at different times of the day. Vaccination is important for any cat going outside as they can easily pick up diseases through contact - or fighting - with other animals.
Letting your cat outside for the first time
You should usually wait three to four weeks for your cat to adjust to your home before letting them outside. This gives your cat time to lay their scent around, which will help them navigate back to your home. The first time you let your cat out, do so before a meal so they will be more likely to return for food when you call.
Tilt and turn windows
Please be aware that tilt and turn window mechanisms pose a significant danger to cats. If the window is open and tilted forwards into the home, a cat trying to enter or exit the home through the small gap can easily become trapped in the V of the window with potentially fatal consequences. To ensure the safety of your cat, if it is home alone, close tilted windows or fit safety netting or grilles which are readily available.