Cat Enclosures Vs Catios
When EasyPetFence.com introduced the new cat fence product, the completely covered cat enclosure, it made cat owners scratch their heads. What makes the fully enclosed cat fence different from a traditional catio? Here's the unique difference.
We won't like, catios are great for townhouse owners and those with small yard space. Catios can secure multiple cats for outdoor playtime while keeping them protected from wildlife - thanks to the top. Additionally, catios include levels to let cats jump and play. However, catios are smaller due to their box shape and do not allow cats to freely roam yards.
Cat enclosures with tops are unique because they are rectangular shaped. This means that they offer domestic cats more room to run and play with other pets. While the cat enclosures do not include jumping levels like a catio, they offer the height and length requirements that pet owners hope for to allow them to build cat towers and add toys for cats to exercise, run and play.
Fully covered cat enclosures are great for homeowners with limited yard space for cats to play. For larger yard space, cat owners can choose a traditional cat fence for yards.
Pet Health and Wellness
As pet owners, we want to make sure our companion pets are happy and healthy at all times; but caring for pets is more than just buying them squeaky toys and playing with them. It's making sure their basic needs are met. Here are ways to improve animal health and wellness with both domestic dogs and cats:
First and foremost, companion animals need commitment from pet owners that they will be loved and cared for with compassion and patience. New pets, regardless of age, will need to learn their new surroundings and how to navigate through households and backyards without getting lost. Pets will need shelter during the day and evening hours with a chance to get outside and play in a fenced-in yard. Like people, companion pets need a chance to walk off pint-up energy; socialize with other animals and exercise. Exercise is especially important to pets as they age. Without at least 30 minutes of daily fitness, dogs and cats risk health complications including weak limbs, arthritis, breathing issues and obesity. Playing with dogs and cats at home in the yard not only creates bonding opportunities between pet owners and pets but allows pets to run and play while having fun!
Dogs and cats will also need healthy dog foods; plenty of fresh water throughout the day to stay hydrated and much more.
Dogs and cats are not just companion animals; but they are members of the family that can help families create lifelong memories.
Pet owners that wish to learn more about EasyPetFence.com pet fencing can reach out to customer service and ask for fence cost quotes.
How Dogs Get Lyme
Typically, tick season begins in late March as the weather turns from cold to cool. During the warm seasons, spring and summer, people and pets spend the most time outdoors playing and exercising either at home or in wooded or grassy areas. This is when we see an uptick in tick disease cases.
Like cats, dogs can get Lyme Disease and other tick-borne infections. But, how does it happen? Tick diseases spread from animal to animal and person to animal (and vice versa). When wildlife, such as white-tailed deer, walk onto landscapes in search of food, they naturally drop ticks on the yard. The grass is where ticks are usually hiding in search of their next blood meal. When dogs roll around in grassy areas, they are at risk of tick bites.
White-tailed deer are the main carriers of ticks with Lyme Disease in North America; however the white-footed mouse; birds and other wild animals are also known carriers. To protect pets from the risk of tick bites and infections, pet owners will need to fence out wildlife with at least a 6 foot high fence. Fencing is the most recommended strategy for wildlife management and tick disease prevention.
Since April is Lyme Disease Prevention In Dogs Month, dog owners will need to be proactive in keeping wildlife away from their companion pets to reduce the spread of ticks with diseases in spring and summer.
Exercise For Cats
Like dogs, cats require outdoor time to play, exercise and socialize with other companion animals. Spending time outdoors with help cats stay lean and in shape - increasingly important as they age. Without much movement, cats risk health complications as they get older - one being obesity. Did you know that there are at least 56 million cats in the United States that are overweight or obese?
Here are outdoor activities for domestic cats to improve their quality of life:
- Walk with cats around the yard. There are cat leashes similar to dog leashes; but that won't be necessary if yards are fenced in for cats;
- Roll yarn or string; and watch cats untangle from the fabric. Be sure they don't get caught up around their necks, though - this can be a choking hazard;
- Have cats reach for catnip toys. These toys allow them to use their arms in motion and get rewarded in the process;
- Roll ball and watch them run after it;
- Have them gently swat away a feather;
- Watch them chase after a laser pointer - just don't shine the light in their faces;
- Watch them pounce on plywood; cardboard boxes or paper bags. They enjoy the noise from scratching and strengthen their arms and claws in the process.
Cats need physical fitness for health and wellness just as much as other companion pets. Do them a favor and workout with them from the convenience of your own backyard.
Cats Can Get COVID-19
Cat owners may wish to be more cautious about contact with their pets, as a study from China has revealed Covid-19 can be transmitted between cats.
The team, at Harbin Veterinary Research Institute in China, found that cats are highly susceptible to Covid-19 and appear to be able to transmit the virus through respiratory droplets to other cats. Dogs, chickens, pigs and ducks were found to be unlikely to catch the infection, however.
The findings followed recent reports of a pet cat in Belgium being infected with Covid-19. About a week after the cat’s owner started showing symptoms, the cat also developed breathing difficulties, diarrhoea and vomiting, and subsequent tests by vets at the University of Liège showed the animal was infected with coronavirus.
The lab experiments from the Chinese team involved a small number of animals that were given a high dose of the virus and there is no direct evidence that cats would also be able to infect people. However, the team behind the work said their findings provided important insights into the animal reservoirs of Covid-19 and how animal management might have a role in the control of the pandemic.
“Surveillance for Sars-CoV-2 in cats should be considered as an adjunct to elimination of of Covid-19 in humans,” the paper concluded.
The work, which is not yet peer-reviewed, was uploaded to the preprint website bioRxiv on Wednesday. In the study, five cats were inoculated with coronavirus. Three of the animals were placed in cages next to cats that had not been given the virus, and one of the exposed cats also became infected, suggesting that transmission occurred through respiratory droplets. The findings were then replicated in a second group of cats. Ferrets, which are already being used in vaccine trials for Covid-19, were also found to be susceptible.
Experts said the findings were credible, but that they did not indicate cats were an important vector in spreading the disease between humans.
Prof Eric Fèvre, chair of veterinary infectious diseases at the University of Liverpool, said: “People should take usual precautions of hand washing when handling their pets, and avoid overly intimate contact, especially if sick with Covid. It is important to add that this says nothing about how the virus coming out of a cat may or may not be infectious to humans.”
Prof Jonathan Ball, a virologist at the University of Nottingham, said similar observations of transmission in cats had been made in relation to Sars, which is genetically closely related to Covid-19. “However, it should be remembered that cats are not playing much, if any, role in the spread of this virus,” he said. “Human to human transmission is clearly the main driver, so there is no need to panic about cats as an important source of virus. Obviously, if you think you have Covid-19 and share a house with a cat, then it would be sensible to limit close interactions with your furry friend until you are better.”
Story re-posted from The Guardian. Written by Hannah Devlin.
Pets Need Outdoor Time
Pet owners, mainly the ones that own cats, are on the fence about whether or not it's best to allow their pets outside for long periods of time; but there are many benefits to letting both dogs and cats play in a fenced-in area. Here's why companion animals must go outside.
Like humans, pets go stir crazy if left indoors; and they need fresh air, exercise, and socialization just as much as we do. If pets are left inside for too long, they will become lethargic with mood swings. They will risk health complications as they age including high blood pressure, stiff joints, muscle aches and even worse, obesity. Keeping them indoors is diminishing their quality of life and lowering their lifespan!
Dogs and cats require at least 30 minutes of daily activity to stay lean and fit. Pets will require at least an hour of daily exercise as they grow older.
There are many physical activities that pet owners can do with pets from the convenience of their own backyard including:
- Tossing a ball or Frisbee;
- Running around the yard;
- Building a dog obstacle course;
- Playing with crumpled paper or yarn;
- and much more!
Pets are our babies; and we want them to be healthy and happy at all times. With fencing, rest assure both dogs and cats will be safe outdoors at all times. Do them a favor; and let them go outside each and every day!