An indoor cat has several advantages over cats that spend time outdoors too; indoor cats are not exposed to infections, parasites, traffic accidents or poisonous plants and foods. Indoor cats live a longer life, due to the lower incidence of illnesses and accidents.
1. No Parasites
Skin and intestinal parasites such as fleas, tapeworms, hookworms are contracted from the outside, from other animals or the environment (by ingesting infected feces or soil).
Parasites cause vomiting, diarrhea, dry skin, dull coat, itchiness and scratching; parasites can be very stressful for a feline.
2. Fewer Infections and Diseases
Common infections and some of the most dangerous feline diseases such as rabies, the leukemia virus and cat AIDS are highly contagious. If your cat spends time outdoors, he may contract these diseases from infected felines or other animals.
Cats like to chase mice and birds, which are carriers of numerous infections.
3. Prevent Accidents
Traffic accidents are often the cause of death or severe damage in many cats. An indoor cat is not exposed to accidents, so he is safer.
4. Prevent Poisoning
Outdoor cats may easily stumble on toxic plants and will chew on these out of curiosity, craving or hunger. Poisoning can be fatal in cats, especially if you don’t get to the vet in time.
You can eliminate the toxic plants, rat poison and other potential dangers from your home, so your cat will not be at risk.
5. Prevent Animal Fights
6. Cleaner Home, Lower Risks for Owner’s Health
If your cat doesn’t wander outside, he won’t bring all sorts of dirt, dead animals and bacteria in your home, keeping it cleaner. The bacteria brought in by the cat could affect the owner, especially if the cat likes to spend time on couches or in the owner’s bed.
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