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Keep an Outdoor Cat Healthy

July 15, 2021

Do you allow your kitty to go outside? Perhaps you’ve adopted—or semi-adopted—a local cat? Keeping your furball inside is always recommended, but we do understand that sometimes she may enjoy traversing the neighborhood. Also, outdoor cats may have never gotten used to indoor living. Read on for some advice from a veterinarian, who knows just how to keep Fluffy healthy, happy, and purring.


Water

Clean water is an essential need for all animals. Be sure that your cat has clean water available all of the time. Clean Fluffy’s water bowl often to avoid dust and germs from collecting in it. 


Food 

Like any animal, your feline buddy needs proper nutrition so it can grow and flourish. Kibble lasts longer than canned food, which makes it a great choice for an outdoor cat. But, don’t leave too much food out because this can attract mice and other vermin. Feed Fluffy indoors if possible.


Shelter

Fluffy’s fur coat doesn’t offer total protection from the environment. Bring your kitty in when it’s hot or cold. Just in case she gets locked outside, it’s always a good idea to make an emergency shelter. An easy way to make one is to get two plastic storage totes. One needs to fit inside the other, leaving a little room.  Use newspapers or old towels to fill this space. This provides insulation. Adding a blanket on the inside is a nice touch. Cut a hole in the side for a kitty door. 


Lifestyle Change

The best thing to do for Fluffy is to keep her inside, because she is both healthier and safer that way. You’ll need a little time and patience to make this change, but don’t give up. Treats, toys, catnip, and kitty furniture will make your home welcoming for her. If necessary, though, limit your cat’s outdoor time by letting her out during the day, but only when it’s nice out. 


Veterinary Care

It’s suggested that all cats be microchipped, fixed, and kept up-to-date on vaccines and parasite prevention. These things are essential for all felines, whether they live outdoors or are let out. The possibility of outdoor pets being exposed to parasites and germs is greater than with indoor ones, so they should see a vet more often. Ask your veterinarian to recommend an appointment schedule.


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