Cats love to be outdoors. Outdoor life is excellent for the well-being of the animal as well as for its health. Letting your cat out is a difficult decision for many owners. Why ? Because we are afraid of not seeing our companion again! It must be said that the dangers are numerous. Here are the ones your cat may face.
The 10 dangers that threaten your cat outdoors
1 – Vehicles
Cats have a very high risk of being the victim of a traffic accident. For them, vehicles are the main danger. There are no less dangerous roads. Cats can die in traffic accidents on busy roads as well as on other roads. Collisions are fatal in more than 70% of cases. It must be said that a cat has almost no chance in the event of a collision with a car!
If you are dealing with an injured cat, vigilance is essential. First of all, you have to make sure that the animal is still breathing. To do this, you have to take your pulse in the groin (inner thigh). Be careful, if he is injured and conscious, he may show signs of aggression.
To move an injured cat, you must:
- wrap it in a cloth,
- grab him by the neck and put a hand under the croup,
- place it in a transport crate.
If you are on the side of the road, you must put the cat to safety but also avoid taking risks! Take the animal to a veterinary clinic as soon as possible.
2 – Falls
Cats are great stuntmen. But even if they are very agile and always land on their feet, they are not immune to falling too hard. Outside, they can fall from a tree or even from a roof.
When a cat is the victim of a fall, it is not uncommon for the injuries not to be visible. It is imperative to be cautious before moving the animal. The rules are the same as in the case of a traffic accident.
3 – poisoning
When a cat has access to the outside, he takes the opportunity to purge himself. Also, he will naturally turn to the plants at his disposal. If he eats grass, he is not afraid. On the other hand, some very common plants are dangerous for felines. This is the case with oleander, tulips and even lily of the valley which fortunately only blooms in May. Even if you take care not to have poisonous plants in your garden, your neighborhood can grow them.
In addition to plants which can be poisonous, cats can feed in garbage cans and eat spoiled food. It is also possible that your animal is hunting a rodent that has swallowed a poison. The risk of poisoning in cats is high. To react in the best way, it is necessary to identify the signs which are as follows.
- Coordination disorders
- Respiratory problems
- Dilated pupils
In case of proven poisoning, it is highly recommended to go very quickly to the veterinarian in order to treat the animal as soon as possible.
4 – cats
One cat can be a danger to another cat. Indeed, felines are territorial animals that do not hesitate to fight to protect the space they consider theirs. Fighting between cats can be violent and sometimes lead to serious injuries. Cats can also transmit diseases such as ringworm, coryza or even AIDS from cats. Felines can also transmit parasites such as fleas and ticks.
5 – dogs
Dogs are a danger to cats. Because they can be aggressive, they are considered predators of cats. they can bite them, seriously injure them and even transmit diseases to them.
6 – other animals
It’s not just pets that pose a danger to cats. If you live in the countryside, your cat may encounter other animals such as snakes, wasps, wolves… The consequences can be serious. Once again, your cat gets sick.
7 – The fences
Fences are a real danger for cats, and especially for those who wear collars. If you let your cat go out, it is forbidden to make him wear a collar. The identification of a cat is done by means of a tattoo or an electronic chip. Note that the identification of pets is mandatory. With a collar, your cat can strangle himself with barbed wire. Note that even without a collar, barbed wire can injure your cat.
8 – Violence
Unfortunately, recent news reminds us that cats can also be the victim of an act of violence. This abuse is more common in urban areas. Rural areas face other issues. For example, during hunting seasons, many cats are mistaken for wild animals, such as rabbits, and are killed. Hounds can also kill a cat when they are in a pack.
9 – Thefts
If you have a pedigree cat, you may be the victim of theft. The theft of pets is very common in France. Every year, around 100,000 dogs and cats are stolen. Of course, purebred animals are targets. This act is punishable by law with 3 years’ imprisonment and a fine of € 45,000. In the event of aggravating circumstances, the penalty may be greater.
10 – get lost
A cat can also get lost. Even if he has his marks, he sometimes wanders away and gets lost. In this case, identification is essential. The risk of getting lost is greater after moving house or during hot weather.
How do you get a cat used to going out?
Before going out, a cat must feel at home in its home. If you adopt a kitten, you have to wait until it reaches adulthood and is able to defend itself. It must also be sterilized and identified! In short, you have to wait 9 months. If you have adopted a cat as an adult, you must wait 3 months before releasing it. For the first outings, it is preferable to accompany your animal and to favor the garden or an enclosed space.
Finally, know that the decision to take your cat out or not is up to you! Some pets hardly ever go out. Make sure, however, that your cat thrives in your home in a different way.