CATS AND THE UNFRIENDLY OUTDOORS

Cats that spend time outdoors are affected by climate, disease, injury and prey
Outdoor cats face many dangers that shorten their lives
Photo credit: Jonatan Svensson Glad

Apart from any Ordinance that may apply to domesticated cats in your vicinity, you need to know, or be reminded, why the big outdoors can be an unfriendly place and actually a big threat to the safety of your feline companion.

Statistics show that cats roaming part of the time as well as those living all the time outdoors have a shorter life span than ones that are kept entirely inside the home.

On average, indoor cats live between 12 and 15 years.

If Fluffy is an indoor/outdoor pet, her life expectancy is around 3-5 years less than if she spent her entire life indoors.

When a cat lives outdoors by herself, she may live only two or three years.

Community cats (feral cats) typically live for five years. Why? Because…

  • they are subject to harsh and extreme weather conditions
  • they are prone to disease
  • they are exposed to poisons and animal traps
  • they are prey for birds such as hawks and owls as well as larger mammals like coyotes
  • they can get into fights with other outdoor cats, especially feral felines, and even domesticated dogs
  • they are often injured or killed by vehicles

No truly responsible and caring pet parent should allow their companion feline to experience any of these scenarios. Please take note. Think twice. A long, protected lifespan is what all domesticated animals deserve, wouldn’t you agree?

Together, let’s keep our precious pets healthy, happy and safe!