Infographic on the reasons for keeping cats indoors full-time

 

Infographic on the reasons for keeping cats indoors full-time
Infographic on the reasons for keeping cats indoors full-time. Infographic by the Daily Mail

The infographic confirms what is always said on the topic of keeping cats indoors full-time, namely that most cat caregivers do it to keep their cat safe from a road traffic accident mainly and not protect wildlife from cat predation. This will inevitably irritate bird lovers and ornithologists.

There are several specific reasons why cat owners may choose to keep their cats indoors full-time:
  1. Safety: Indoor cats are protected from many dangers, such as cars, predators, and other animals. Indoor cats are also less likely to contract diseases or get into fights with other cats.
  2. Longevity: Indoor cats tend to live longer than outdoor cats. This is because they are not exposed to the same risks and dangers as outdoor cats. There is a downside: boredom, which can work against improved health as boredom can lead to stress and stress can lead to a decline in health.
  3. Environmental concerns: Some cat owners keep their cats indoors to reduce their impact on the environment. Outdoor cats can disrupt local wildlife, such as birds and small mammals, and can contribute to the spread of invasive species.
  4. Convenience: Indoor cats require less maintenance than outdoor cats. They do not need to be groomed as often and they do not require as much attention but they do need to be exercised. This advantage is debatable as indoor cats need more input from their owners to ensure that the deficit in terms of mental stimulation is made up in increased play and the construction of an indoor environment which helps a cat to express their natural instincts.
Behavioral issues: Some cats may have behavioral issues that make it difficult for them to live safely outside. These issues may include aggression, anxiety, or a tendency to wander. Keeping these cats indoors can help keep them safe and reduce their stress levels.

Ultimately, the decision to keep a cat indoors full-time should be made on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the cat's personality, health, and living environment. It's important for cat owners to provide plenty of mental and physical stimulation for their indoor cats to ensure they are happy and healthy.

The general trend in the US for example is to keep cats indoors. There is even a slight shift in opinion in the UK which historical was almost 100% for letting domestic cats go outside unsupervised. There are more cat owners deciding to take the plunge and keep their cats confined.

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