Letting an in-door cat out?

SHOULD I LET MY CAT OUT?

By Catnips – London cat sitting and mobile cat grooming

I can totally understand the fear of letting a cat outside in an un-secure garden, or directly onto the street from your front door, especially when the cat may be of a particular breed who are:

A: Not used to going out

B: Not used to busy roads, traffic or defending off other cats and

C: An expensive breed and the fear is it will be stolen.

But the question is, if you are lucky enough to have a garden or outside patio in London, is it fair on your cat not to do all you can to make sure it gets to enjoy some outside life?

IF YOUR CAT SHOWS SIGNS THAT IT WOULD LIKE TO EXPLORE OUTSIDE…

Runs like this are quite easy to make and your cat will love the fresh air

Runs like this are quite easy to make and your cat will love the fresh air

then consider securing your garden like you would if you wanted an aviary. It’s quite simple and can easily be done using wire mesh, garden poles and some advice from a landscape gardener or handy man friend! get some ideas from sites like this

http://www.catsofaustralia.com/cat-enclosures.htm

There’s plenty of other sites too. Google under cat runs/cat enclosures/garden aviaries etc and see how easy it is to give your cat some respite from an entire in-door life.

The single pole. Poles can come doubled too and come in a variety of different wood finishes

The single pole. Poles can come doubled too and come in a variety of different wood finishes

One company that has come up with a rather unique idea is based in the Uk and is called Katzecure. They have invented a simple wooden roller which fixes to any garden fence. The roller does not allow the cat to get a stable footing on it and therefore keeps the cat safe in the garden. Their designs blend well into a garden landscape and I personally think the idea is brilliant if you can afford them!

 

If your cat is going to be an in-door cat for it’s whole life YOU have a duty to make their home rich with stimulation and provide for their needs as well as your own!

After all, they are not alive just to please us!

By Catnips – London cat sitting and mobile cat grooming

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About Anita Kelsey - Cat Behaviour Consultant

Anita Kelsey holds a first class honours degree in Feline Behaviour and Psychology (work based BA Hons) and runs a vet referral service dedicated strictly to the diagnosis and treatment of behaviour problems in cats. She is also a qualified cat groomer and specialises in grooming aggressive or phobic cats. Anita writes for Your Cat Magazine and is on their experts panel answering readers questions on cat grooming. She also advises on feline behaviour for the CFBA (Canine and Feline Behaviour) magazine as well as being a full member. Anita is based in Notting Hill, London but consults all over the UK as well as international requests. She lives with her husband, a music producer, and two Norwegian Forest cats, Kiki and Zaza. Anita's debut book, Claws, Confessions Of A Cat Groomer is published by John Blake Publishers and is out on 7th September 2017 (available for pre-orders on Amazon UK)
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