Protecting your cat: Everything you need to know
The dangers arise especially in outdoor cats, which have a lower life expectancy of 30%, on average 15 years for an indoor cat against 10 years for an outdoor cat. Obviously, the breed of the cat must be taken into account, but this difference of 30% is valid for all breeds.
Inside, make sure that the plants are not toxic for the cats, that he learns not to gnaw the cables and that he has no potential danger when he perches in height, an education is essential if you have a young cat with authority but without violence.
Be careful, if you have a young cat, not to leave anything lying around that he can swallow, such as cigarettes in an ashtray or a pile.
Also protect places where he could jump dangerously, such as a shelf, by placing smells he hates there. For example, by mixing water with mustard and pepper, and in several bowls on the shelf, he will be repelled and will not approach.
Finally, if he is still very young and you are not there during the day, do not give him access to rooms that may be dangerous or turn off the electricity, which represents a potential danger for the cat.
Terrace and balcony
To ensure the safety of your cat if you have a terrace or a balcony , place a quality protective net so that it cannot fall. Cats do not always fall on their paws, especially at 2 or 3 stories high, because they do not have time to get back on their feet and the height is dangerous for them at this level.
You absolutely must wait until your cat is 4 weeks old to give him access to it and at the beginning, stay well with him when he is.
The outdoors is where you need to be extra careful, here’s how to keep your cat safe outdoors.
Know the territory and adapt to it
Knowing the territory means knowing the potential dangers, for cats the potential dangers are as follows:
- Predators : If your neighbor has a dog or feral cats are nearby, you will need to be careful, normally your cat will not approach them because the animals mark their territory, but if the cats approach your course, drive it away with repellent or by scaring them by banging pots. For the neighbour’s dog, ideally, making them tame with your neighbor by watching the animals carefully will limit the risk, but if the dog can go out freely, make sure that the cat is protected with protective nets for example.
- Roads : Your cat must avoid the roads, when he goes there, make him come inside to make him understand that he should not go there, especially if it is busy and also make sure that he associates it with the danger. For example, you can hold him in your arms on the side of the road when the traffic is heavy so that he understands the danger of the road.
- Trees : Cats can get stuck in trees, which isn’t dangerous in itself but can be a problem if it gets stuck and you can’t find it. A simple solution, put a GPS collar on him to find him wherever he is.
- Fields : Fields are the hunting ground par excellence for cats but are full of parasites, deworming and deworming them is essential to keep them in good health.
- The climate : When it is very cold, it is best not to let him go out at night so that he does not suffer from the cold during the night, unless you have a cat flap allowing him to come in.
A cat that has access to the outdoors should always be tracked via GPS and wear a collar so you can be contacted if it gets lost. If the territory is too dangerous, a cat fence will keep it in your yard.
When the cat goes outside for the first time, keep it in your arms, then over time let it roam but in a harness so that you can have control. Then make sure he can go out on his own but stay outside to watch him and bring him back if he goes too far, using a treat so he doesn’t dodge you.
Then, when he has taken the reflex to come home on his own, let him go out during the day when you are at home. Then he will be able to have total autonomy during the day, and even then at night, if this is not a danger for him.
Have him sterilized
Neutering a cat is essential if it goes outside, otherwise it will breed and fight with other cats to breed, neutering will prevent it from being too aggressive and territorial and engaging in fights that can be deadly.
By sterilizing or castrating him according to his sex, he will take much less risk and the risk of injury will be much lower.
Get him vaccinated and dewormed
Having him vaccinated allows him to avoid diseases that he can catch outside, by keeping his vaccination record up to date, he will be able to frolic without worrying about the external dangers which can cause sometimes serious illnesses.
Put a protective net on it
If the environment is really too dangerous, it is vital to secure your cat by only giving him access to your course, so make sure that he cannot leave by placing a protective net or a cat fence so that he can’t get out of the yard.
As I told you above, monitoring it is essential to be able to know where it is and never lose control of its movements, for this, GPS collar and collar with your coordinates are essential so that it can return to home. home safely.
Protecting your cat: The final word
If you want to prevent your cat from suffering serious injuries or even death, implement all the solutions that I have spoken to you about previously.