Cats are beautiful creatures and can be a wonderful addition to your family at home. They are loving and affectionate and always provide a friendly greeting at the end of the day to the ones they love.
Unlike a dog though – a cat is still a wild animal, and often they are more likely to act out if they aren’t given enough exercise or mental stimulation.
The debate of whether to have a house cat or an outdoor cat is one that always comes up with new cat owners, and the answer is really up to you. But today we want to give you some of the reasons why it is healthy for a cat to be allowed outside to stretch their paws.
They will file their claws
One of the big advantages of having a cat who is allowed to roam outside is that they will naturally file down their claws as they explore their surroundings. This is important for cats as otherwise their claws will grow too long and can cause issues down the line. It will also benefit you because you will not have dagger sharp nails pawing into your leg when they knead your lap!
They can make friends
Cats are solitary for the most part but that doesn’t mean they don’t like other cats and animals. Many cats actually love company and will find other neighborhood cats and even dogs to hang out with on their travels. If you only have one cat in your home it is a good idea to let them out so they can make friends with other animals in the area. It will enrich their lives and make them happier and you will likely meet a few new cats along the way when your cat brings them back to your garden.
They’ll chase rats away
If you want to ensure your house never falls foul to rats, cats can be the best pest control you’ve got. Letting your cat out in the garden and surrounding area will deter rodents and other pests from coming near your home – and your cat will likely kill anything that tries.
They need exercise
It is so important that you allow your cat to get outside if you don’t have time to play with them yourself in the house. Cats are very energetic and they need to be able to run around and practice their hunting skills. By letting your cat outside they can go and independently exercise and play for hours and they will come back when they are hungry or tired or need a cuddle.
They can poop outside
One of the biggest benefits to letting your cat outside is that you won’t constantly have a stinking litter box from their poop and pee. Cats will always do their business away from the home when outside so you are unlikely to ever find any poop in your own garden.
Consider letting your cat out this summer and allow them to roam free.
You know your cat the best. If you fear they will bolt and run away, maybe this is not a good idea. If your cat is calmer and the area is contained and safe, give it a try!