Outdoor cats

Take a look at our quick guide on outdoor cats to learn more about them

The great outdoors

Ideally, all cats would be allowed access to the outdoors in order to exhibit natural behaviour. A lot of cats have a tendency to want to explore and giving them access to the outdoors gives them mental stimulation, exercise and reduces stress. It also gives cats a bigger territory, as well as an exciting mix of smells, sights, tastes and textures to keep them occupied.

Outdoor risks

While letting your cat outside has plenty of benefits, there is likely to be some risks too. Injuries from road traffic accidents, as well as from conflict with other cats, dogs or humans, can be common. Keeping your cat in at night can protect them from the hazards of the roads, while a reflective collar will help them be seen.

Cats who venture outside can also be more prone to diseases and parasites - vaccinating your cat should help to prevent against these. Microchipping is also important, increasing your chance of being reunited with your cat should they go missing.

Cats and wildlife

While some cats love to hunt, others are content not to catch anything at all. Although cats that do hunt tend to catch sick or weak birds, you might want to deter them from doing so. Keep bird tables and feeders high up and away from platforms, and position nest boxes where cats cannot reach them.

You can encourage your cat to stay in the confines of the garden by making it appealing enough. Provide them with a good toileting area as well as feline-friendly plants like catnip, mint and lavender and they're much more likely to stick around.

Cool for cats - a guide to keeping your cat cool

Take a look at our two-part guide on how to keep your cat cool in the heat.

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