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Indoors or Outdoors? Hazards for Cats In and Out of the Home

14 Mar 2022.

Cats are curious creatures who love hunting wildlife outdoors just as much as exploring every nook and cranny indoors. However, there are quite a few hazards for your cat in and out of the home. Whether Mr Whiskers is an outdoor kitty or an indoor one, it’s always good to know what to look for. Below, Cat in a Flat explains the harmful hazards your cat can encounter inside and outside the home.

Should you let your cat outside? 

There are many benefits to keeping your fur friend indoors. Not only will your cat avoid certain hazards, but indoor cats also live longer than their outdoor counterparts. However, while some kitties might be happy indoors all of the time, others may enjoy spending time outside. Here are a few of the benefits of letting your furry friend experience the great outdoors:

Tip: You can offer all of these benefits to your fur friend, even if they are indoor cats. A regular feeding scheduledaily playtime, and essential cat care can keep your indoor kitty just as happy and healthy! 

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Avoid cat hazards: How to let your cat outdoors safely

It’s important to respect your feline’s personality and needs. If you think your fur friend might benefit from some time outdoors, here are a few tips for letting your cat out safely.

Cat Sitters: If a cat owner does not have a cat flap and you are asked to lock a cat indoors every night please make sure they understand that should the cat not be home on time it is not your responsibility to wait around. Please read here and discuss alternative plans with your client.

Can my cat find hazards indoors? 

The simple answer is, yes. One of the most endearing things about our felines is that they love to follow us everywhere—this can include sleeping on your bed and following you to the bathroom too! However, this also means our fur friends can sneak into place they don’t belong and may encounter some cat hazards.

Here are some of the most common indoor hazards for cats: 

Cat sitters: You may be asked by some fur parents to open windows to air out their home while they are away. Keep an eye on open windows and always take care to close them at the end of your visit. Cats can become anxious when there’s a change in their routine and do things they usually might not—like jump out of a window.

Cat sitters: Never leave toys out after your visits. Kitties can become tangled in feather fishing rods or swallow parts of toys. Make sure they only play while under your supervision and check in with Mr Whiskers’ owners if you have any concerns.

Cat sitters: Make sure you’re prepared for any sort of feline emergency by knowing the signs of an unwell kitty, basic first aid, and how to help an injured or sick cat.

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How do you create a safe environment for your cat? 

At this point, you may be feeling like your home is a minefield of potential cat hazards. But don’t despair! It’s not hard to make your home a safe and happy place for your furry friend. Here are a few tips for turning your indoor space into a cat pawadise:

Whether indoors or outdoors, it’s always great to know more about how to keep your cat safe and healthy. Check out these blog posts on how to know if your cat is freezing and how to tell if your cat is happy

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