Outdoors or indoors? The paws and cons.
Whether you’re a first-time kitten owner or ‘been there, done that’ with cats, at some point you’ll decide if your furry friend is going to live exclusively indoors or be allowed outside, as well. Your best bet is to weigh the paws and cons of indoor versus outdoor life.
Letting the cat out of the…house.
Some things to consider before letting ol’ Jack Kerou-cat outside, include:
- Risk of injury or death from trying to dodge traffic. Hiss.
- Outdoor cats are more prone to disease and parasites. Hiss, hiss.
- Cats who roam outdoors can become lost or stolen. Hiss, hiss, hiss.
- Some neighbours cat-friendly, but others have the potential for hissy-fits. Hiss, hiss, hiss, hiss. [Licks paws.] Hiss.
- Some cats may also be prone to skin cancer. Hisssssssssssss.
If you do decide to allow your Oriental Shorthair outdoors, you’ll definitely want to make sure he’s been microchipped; has had his annual vaccinations; and is sporting a safety collar with a tag of your contact details.
Inside an indoor life.
Even if you choose to make your Himalayan a homebody, don’t worry – indoor cats can still have fun like their outdoorsy catpadres.
Who needs trees? Scratching posts and other claw-worthy surfaces also allow Mittens to exercise his natural instinct to scratch. Or if you have the room, why not build or buy a cat run? This way, Yin-Yang can have the best of both worlds – indoors and out.
Kitty toys are also the cat’s pyjamas when it comes to play and exercise. And if your cat loves the couch more than his toy mouse, having you as his encouraging playmate will do him a world of good. In fact, spending just 15–20 minutes each day with your Devon Rex will not only make him more active, but he’ll also enjoy life a litter more.
Keep in mind, kittens and cats can also be trained to go outside on a leash and a harness, which allows them to walk, gently greet the butterflies, and exercise under your close cat’s eye.
And speaking of cat collars, we can help you on your hunt for the right one. Check out our top-cat tips below.
Fitting your kitty’s collar.
The safety of your kittie-pie is the most important thing to consider when fitting a cat collar. The collar should provide enough room to swing a cat, figuratively speaking, of course. Seriously, you should be able to fit two fingers between the collar and your cat’s neck. If you can’t do that, then it’s too tight, and your cat is at a higher risk of getting hurt if the collar gets caught on something. So, bigger is better. Oh, just in this case, Singapura!
Styles: Looking hot under the collar.
Safety Clip/Breakaway Collars
If your kitty gets stuck on something other than catnip, this is the collar for him. It’s designed to break apart if your cat gets caught on anything. Then, you simply refasten the breakaway clip, a plastic snap device, after the incident. Could be just the break your little adventurer needs.
What’s also cat-tastic about this collar is that it can be adjusted to fit any size cat, simply by adjusting the fasteners. However, if your furry friend is a bit of a cat burglar and can easily break out of such a collar, a stretch collar (below) may be the better option for your cat – and your budget.
Let’s face it, cats love stretching, anyway. So, if yours is stuck on something, this collar actually stretches so he can slip his head right out, without a ruffle. A stretch collar with a buckle is also the cat’s meow, because it can be cut to shorten the length of the collar. This way, your finicky Farm Cat won’t be irritated by the slack.
Bells and whiskers.
Bells or No Bells
Love ’em or hate ’em, bells are an incredibly smart feature of the collar design – unsuspecting birds will tell you they’re all over them, as well. The only scratch is that these little ringers can be annoying when Sheba is inside, particularly if you’re not into bell choirs or it’s not Christmas. However, collars with removable bells are available from our Trouble & Trix range. Ring-a-ding-ding!
Most cats love a bit of nightlife, and these reflective collars are a must. Not only will your Tortoiseshell look dashing at the disco, but the reflective materials will ensure headlights of oncoming cars can’t miss your little moonwalker.