Cat in the garden, tips for his health

Useful tips and basic information to manage a cat outdoors, or to get it out of the house and get it used to outdoors

Is the cat better inside or outside the home?

Unlike the dog, the cat does not like to be leashed so it is more difficult to allow it to live outdoors and leave the house. You can very well get the animal used to living in the garden without running away or damaging neighbors or around. But let’s start with a question: are felines better off or at home? These animals know how to adapt perfectly to both situations, so if you have the chance to let it out in a garden, big or small, you have all the advantages. Certainly, the cats that have the opportunity to live outdoors they are happier, but also more at risk. Until fifty years ago, even apartment cats spent a lot of time away from home: the lifestyle was different and there were many false beliefs and clichés taken as absolute dogma. Now, little friends are confined to the house or, the luckiest ones, on the balcony. What does it mean to be kept in a closed environment?

Outdoor cat, how not to miss it

With puppies, everything is simpler, but confining indoors a cat that until recently has always remained in the garden is a titanic undertaking and can lead to a worsening of its health. He will always be agitated, sad and will try to escape in all possible ways. The more daring also comes to jump from the railing of a balcony or from the window sill. Surely, a dog in the garden is easier to handle than a cat, as its agility allows it to run, jump and hides as not to be caught. Many masters fear this, that is, that their cat runs away from home. Not all felines run away from their garden, but if you notice that this behavior becomes very frequent, you have to act immediately. You can avoid the problem by enclosing the area with a 2-meter high net, with a roof facing the inside of the garden of 50 cm. Furthermore, if you are a puppy or at least a young specimen, you can try to train it with a call. For example, associating the sound of the keys with the time of the meal will make it clear to Fufi that, when he hears the characteristic clinking, it is time for lunch or dinner. Obviously, we must not forget to let him find at least one snack, otherwise, the feline will unlearn this behavior and the owners will make long sleepless nights.

The dangers for a cat in the garden are many, not just that of being able to escape. In the meantime, even if it is practically at home, the cat must have anti-flea and tick prophylaxis with a good pesticide. Furthermore, the garden itself must be cat-proof. It is possible to cultivate a thick area of ​​vegetation, with bushes and hedges in which it can be hidden, but without toxic plants and flowers, such as oleander or lily of the valley. Also, you can install a tree scratcher or create a suspended area where the cat can perch and monitor its territory from above.

Cat away from home, what to do

For domestic cats always used in the apartment or at home, it is good to proceed step by step, even in case of removal or with a few months old kittens. You MUST start with a few hours away from home, possibly with the master’s supervision. If he is a puppy or if he proves to be agitated, you can try to calm him down with some tasty snacks to give him back home, so as to associate the raids with positive memories and to prevent him from leaving the garden. Never let it go out at night and it is better to be constant: even if only ten minutes or half an hour, the cat must get used to the open air every day.

Cat in the garden, hunter or prey?

As already explained extensively on our site, the nature of the cat is hunting. So, dear masters, one should not be surprised and disgusted if Fufi captures lizards, mice, and birds just for fun and instinct, because if he is well fed he will never do it out of hunger. And if the feline in the open, on returning home, holds a lizard or a mouse in its jaws, we can smile and not be horrified. It is a gift that makes to the owners because it considers them incapable of procuring food on their own, an instinctive behavior that the feline shows off only to those who consider it worthy, given that the mother cat reserves it for her litter. So be careful to welcome the corpses of mice, lizards, hornets, birds, frogs, worms and snakes. In this regard: find out if there are poisonous vipers or reptile species that can harm the cat, as well as wild animals dangerous to him and to humans. In some mountain areas, vaccination is especially mandatory against rabies, as foxes are carriers. Be careful even with neighbors with dogs: make sure they are kept on a leash and that the cat does not have the crazy idea of ​​entering the garden of the canine, because it can end really badly.

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