Why Build Cat Fencing
Like dogs, cats need time outside to get fresh air. There are many health benefits for building cat fence in the yard for cats.
Exercise: According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 58 percent of cats in the United States are overweight or obese. By giving your cat a combination of healthy cat foods, and strength training exercises, your cat will look better and feel better. Being a house cat will not keep them lean and active!
Security: With an outdoor catio, cats can roam the backyard without fear of running away. Often times, cat owners deal with cats running up trees and not being able to get down. Or, cats may be harmed by wildlife. With a cat fence, cats will be securely behind a fence that will protect them from harm.
Socialization: Dogs aren't the only animals that need play dates. With an outdoor cat enclosure, cats can play with other cats; or cats and dogs can play together! Socialization is key to improving animal wellness and keeping pets happy.
Be Free: Think about how you feel after being inside all day. "Cabin fever" comes to mind. This is how your cat feels; and without a lot of movement, cats become lethargic and bored. They will have weakened muscles and joints and they won't want to play. This is why it's important to let cats run freely in the yard. Cats need a chance to stretch their legs and burn-off pint up energy.
This Responsible Pet Ownership Month, consider installing outdoor cat enclosures.
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Stray Cats Concerns
When I was a little girl, I fell in love with an outdoor cat that I nicknamed Cathy (no, she did not have a collar). Week after week, Cathy would come to the back porch where I played with her before she wandered elsewhere. My parents were allergic to cats; and they would not allow me to keep her indoors. Knowing what I know now, I would've begged my parents to build a cat fence for her to stay safe and secure in our backyard.
Here are reasons why cats should be behind an outdoor cat enclosure:
Car Incidents With Cats
Let's be honest, when you are driving your car and see a cat, you expect it to move, right? Think again. Cars are a major safety concern for cats and are the result of car accidents nationwide. Although we are brought up to believe that cats have nine lives, they will die on the spot if hit by a car.
Wild Animal Encounters
Let's not be quick to point the finger at dogs - anything with claws and teeth can harm a cat. Unfortunately, outdoor cats are at risk of wildlife attacks by birds, bears, deer, and other wild animals. To make matters worse, these wild animals carry diseases that may transfer to the cat such as tick diseases, fleas, ear mites and rabies.
As mentioned, cats that interface with wildlife risk tick illnesses including Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. These types of tick-borne diseases can be life-threatening to cats. Keeping cats away from deer and stray dogs is key to reducing the risk of tick diseases.
Firefighters rescuing helpless kittens is a real thing. More often than not, cats climb trees and have trouble getting down. To avoid sustaining injuries, cats rest on branches and suffer dehydration and lack of food for days, even weeks.
Not everyone can have an indoor cat 24/7; but this is why an outdoor catio is beneficial to cats and owners.
Caring For Elderly Cats
The average domestic cat lives 12-15 years; but they can survive up to 21 years. Once a cat reaches age seven, they can be considered 'senior.' Like humans, the older the cat gets, the more susceptible they are to pet diseases and health complications. Here are ways to improve animal health and wellness as the cat ages:
Vision Complications and Deaf Cats
As cats age, they will need to be approached slower than they were as a kitten. If your cat is deaf, approach them in front rather than behind. If they have issues seeing, keep the house stationary and avoid moving too many pieces of furniture or boxes. (Changes in environment will only confuse the cat.) Put lights on at night to help guide them to where they wish to be.
Exercise and Nutrition
Goes hand-in-hand. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, roughly 58 percent of cats in the United States are overweight or obese. To avoid plumpness, cats need a combination of healthy cat food and exercise. Lack of exercise will lead the cat to problems beyond obesity including heart issues, joint problems and heat intolerance. While good nutrition should start at a cat's youthful age, cat owners should continue to read labels and avoid under-feeding or over-feeding animals.
To maintain strong bones, cat owners need to help cats exercise by implementing cat games and exercises that allow the cat to bend, grab and jump.
- Play with a laser pointer and let the cat swipe at it;
- Have the cat jump for a cat toy filled with cat nip (incentive);
- Play with a ball of string and let the cat wiggle his/her way out of the yarn.
All cat fitness exercises can be done from within a catio or cat enclosure.
Pet owners should not neglect cat's teeth. Dental issues in cats can lead to gum disease and weight loss. Brush cat's teeth with a soft toothbrush or give your cat a minty dental treat that cleans mouths.
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