15 Reasons to Keep Cats Indoors

Today, we will explore why you should keep your cat indoors and not let it run free in the wild outdoors.

15 Reasons to Keep Cats Indoors

Cats That Live Indoors, Live Longer

Cat That Lives Indoors

Although cats may not be as fond of staying indoors as their owners, the benefits of living inside are plentiful. Indoor cats typically live longer and have fewer health problems than their outdoor counterparts, and many cats are perfectly comfortable staying inside throughout the day.

Infections And Diseases

There are many reasons to keep cats indoors, one of the most obvious being the fact that cats are among the most susceptible to infectious diseases and are known carriers of diseases like FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus), FeLV (Feline Leukemia), Zoonotic Diseases, Panleukopenia (Feline Distemper), and FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis)

Cats That Live Indoors Are Safe From Humans

Cats That Live Indoors

Some people don’t like cats. Some even want to hurt cats as they see them as a pest and can try and poison them (this happened to my first cat).

This can easily be avoided by keeping them in your house.

You Don’t Have To Worry About Indoor Cats Running Away

lost cat

There’s no need to worry about your cats running away from your house or from contentment. Your cats will stay with you and will give you comfort. You can go on with your life without a worry in the world, knowing that your cats are right there with you.

Wildlife Won’t Be Harmed By Indoor Cats

Wildlife Won't Be Harmed By Indoor Cats

It’s no secret that cats are one of the world’s best predators and love to hunt and kill creatures such as birds, mice, and even small dogs.

It is for this reason that you should always keep your cat indoors, especially if you live close to animal habitats.

Indoor Cats Aren’t A Bother To The Neighbors

neighbor

Indoor cats are generally safe to have next door as they don’t get into outside territorial disputes. Whether it’s pooping in their flowerbed, or hunting the birds in next doors birdbath, outdoor cats can be a real nuisance.

Of course, this won’t be a problem if your cat stays indoors.

You Always Know What Your Indoor Cat Eats

indoor cat eating

 When cats are outside, they could be feasting on anything, and you’ll never know what kind of diet you’re endangering their health with.

By keeping them inside, you get full control over your cats’ diet.

Indoor Cats Do Not Get Stolen

Cat theft is on the rise.

Whatever type of cat you have, confining them to your house will ensure that they don’t get stolen.

Weather Isn’t A Problem For Indoor Cats

cat in bad weather

A cat’s fur is designed to keep them warm even in freezing temperatures, but when temperatures drop below freezing, it can become dangerous for them to remain outdoors. Cats often do not seem to notice the cold as they are small and furry, but they are at risk for frostbite and hypothermia.

Cats That Live Indoors Are Safe From Traffic

cat in traffic

Many cat owners feel concerned that their cats will become victims of traffic accidents due to the risk of them being hit by moving vehicles. However, cats that live indoors are generally considered to be safe from traffic accidents since they are not exposed to hazards of traffic like the open road and busy streets.

Cats That Live Indoors Are Safe From Other Animals

cat in danger

One of the many dangers that outdoor cats have to face is other animals. To avoid this, cats are most often kept indoors to prevent them from being injured by other animals, such as raccoons.

The Litter Box Of Your Indoor Cat Can Be Show 

Litter Box

Even though monitoring your cat’s litter box habits may be unpleasant, it’s crucial. It’s possible that you might save your cat’s life. If you keep your cat indoors, then you might be able to detect the symptoms of disease earlier by checking their poop for any changes in color, texture, or frequency.

Abscesses From Fighting Are Rare Among Indoor Cats

cat fight

Cats are territorial and like to show dominance over other cats. However, fighting is not something that should be performed routinely between cats as they could end up developing abscesses from their wounds.

If you only have one cat in your household, the chances of this happening to an indoor cat are slim as they don’t have anyone to fight with.

Less Danger From Toxic Plants

cat plant

It seems that toxic plants are becoming a bigger problem for outdoor kitties. Toxic plants include plants that are not only dangerous to the animal they are in contact with, but also to other animals in the same or neighboring homes, and even plants that may be safe for humans but are poisonous to cats.

Environmental Allergies Are Reduced

Cat Allergies

That cat in the window might not be such a bad idea after all. According to the Pet Health Network, cats living indoors are less likely to have environmental allergies than those living outside.