There are plenty of health and safety reasons why it is better to have an indoor-only cat, but these reasons are escalated with city life for most cats. Not like the country, city life means vehicles, more foot traffic, and animal control nabbing your cat. There is also a potential that someone might steal your cat or treat it inhumanely. The overall risk of having an indoor-outdoor cat in the city is not really worth the possibility of losing your pet earlier to disease, injury, or abduction. Here are three reasons, among many other, why you should keep your cat indoors when you live in the city rather than letting it get outside upon occasion.
Shorter Lifespan for Outdoor Cats
Cats that are able to wander freely outdoors live a way shorter lifespan than their indoor-only opposite numbers. While some outdoor cats can luck out with longer lives, the majority will suffer health worries and other maladies that will lead on to a shorter life.
More Expensive Vaccination shots and Vet Bills
Indoor cats don’t require the same vaccination treatments as indoor-outdoor cats. Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) are examples of 2 vaccination treatments that your cat will not need if kept indoor only. Rabies vaccines are compulsory in most states, but indoor-only cats don’t need them as frequently as outside cats do, with outside being yearly and indoor-only requiring a rabies vaccination each 3 years.
More Serious Risk of Injury
Cats are quiet when they are hurt. They don’t wish to risk predators discovering their injury, so they’ll simply become quieter if they’ve got a dog bite or other ailment. If your cat is bitten while outdoors and the bite gets infected, you could be looking at thousands of dollars in emergency room fees once your cat reaches the point of a pretty serious infection and the injury is more obvious.