Outgoing cat - what to remember?
Some animals do not manage to be locked in the safe four walls. When a cat comes into our care and has been an outgoing animal all its previous life, it may not be possible to change its habits. In that case, it is worth knowing how to take care of an outgoing animal.
It is worth taking preventive action
Outgoing animals are exposed to a variety of hazards. Apart from such obvious dangers as cars, dogs and people with bad intentions, they may have to deal with all sorts of infections, parasites and diseases, which are easier to acquire by wandering around the area than sitting on a couch. An expert of the petilo.pl shop advises to visit the vet with a cat coming out more often than cats living indoors. More frequent check-ups will help to detect possible diseases, parasites and deficiencies at a stage where treatment will be easier. It's a good idea to use cat vitamins, supplements and check-ups to make sure your cat is healthy and in good shape. When cats go out and spend a lot of time away from home, it is difficult to see early signs of illness and indisposition because you have much less to do with your cat. This is where prevention works perfectly.
Vaccinations and deworming are necessary
Vaccination against rabies is not obligatory for cats. It's completely different for dogs. However, if our cat is an outgoing animal, we shouldn't suggest regulations - a cat can get rabies from another animal very easily. Don't underestimate the problem. Rabies is extremely dangerous and leads not only to the death of an animal, but can also threaten human health and life.
Even if the cat only goes out into the fenced area or stays on the balcony, it may still have to deal with an infected rodent or bat. This is why it is worth vaccinating the animal regularly. The period of protection for cats shall be up to two years after vaccination.
No less important is regular deworming of your cat. Even domestic animals can be infected with parasites and cats that leave the house are certainly much more vulnerable. This is why they should be regularly given specifics for deworming, which should be selected under the supervision of a vet and used as recommended.
Let's think of a special door for your cat
Outgoing cats may be very interested in leaving the house exactly when the housekeepers are asleep and not open the door in their head. If our animal often wakes us up in the middle of the night or pale dawn and demands to be released from the house, it is worth considering a dedicated pet solution.
A cat door will allow your cat to leave the house exactly when she wants to return at the time of day or night. It can be placed in the exit door or garage door, as long as the pet has access to the entire house and the rooms where the door is located. The disadvantage of this is the risk of a foreign animal - another cat, marten or small dog - entering the house. The solution is to use modern solutions such as a cat door that only opens when a cat in a collar with a special chip comes close to it. It's more expensive, but it makes sure that no foreign animal gets into the house.
Let's not leave the cat outside for too long
Even if you are dealing with a cat living largely in the wild (it could even be a cat found on the street and used to go outside), you should not leave it unattended for a long time. Some people think an outgoing cat will be able to cope on its own when the housemates go on holiday, but it is quite different to be out for a day or two and it is different to have to survive and wait for the housemates for a few weeks - a lot can happen during this time, it is difficult to guarantee that your cat will have something to eat and drink and that it will not have an accident. Even when the cat is out of the house, it is important to ensure that it is looked after by someone from the family or the neighbourhood, and there are also animal hotels and taking the cat with you when you leave.