Do you struggle with whether or not to let your cat outside to enjoy the great outdoors? Do you think they’d be happier if you could let them out to live on the wild side?
The average lifespan of an outdoor cat is only 2-5 years, while the average indoor cat can have 15-20 healthy years. With information from PETA, American Humane, and Drs Foster and Smith, here are some of the factors that lead to low life expectancy for outdoor cats and 5 reasons you should keep your cat inside.
#1 – Diseases and Parasites
As if the risk of coming home with fleas, ticks, or lice isn’t bad enough, cats are liable to come home from a jaunt around the neighborhood with potentially fatal diseases they’ve picked up from other cats, such as feline leukemia (FeLV), feline AIDS (FIV), feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), and feline distemper (panleukopenia). FIV is highly contagious and fatal, and there is no vaccine. The only way to to keep your cat safe from this deadly disease is to keep them inside.
#2 – Dogs, Wildlife, and Other Cats
You might think your cat would hold its own against a predator, but do you think they could protect themselves against more than one loose dog? What about a cougar, alligator, or other large wildlife? Even encounters with other cats, while usually not fatal originally, can cause deadly infections, not to mention life-changing injuries.
#3 – Cars
Unlike larger, sturdier dogs, cats hardly ever survive being hit by a car. They also don’t have any inherent instinct to stay out of the street to avoid being hit.