Is it possible and necessary to walk with a cat on the street? This question is of interest to many owners. On the one hand, you want to let your pet go out into the fresh air for new impressions. On the other hand, there are concerns about whether walking will harm your pet. This article is intended to provide answers to these topical questions.
Benefits of walking
Cats are very fond of walking in the fresh air. On the street, animals can fully show their habits and hunting instinct. They like to feel new smells, observe the world around them: birds, other animals, people.
In addition to the fact that walking on the street is fun, they are also extremely useful for the health of the animal.
- Walking has a positive effect on immunity. Fresh air improves your health. During physical activity in the fresh air, the body’s immune forces are significantly enhanced.
- Cats that are constantly at home and do not move much often suffer from cardiovascular diseases, overweight, high blood pressure and other diseases. A cat that doesn’t move much becomes even more lazy, eats more, lies down, and sleeps. Walking on the street awakens natural instincts, forcing the animal to be more active.
- It is noticed that after long street walks, the pet’s sleep improves. This is especially important if your pet likes games at night and prevents you from sleeping at night.
- A good appetite is a guarantee of health. Cats that regularly walk in the fresh air, normalize the need for nutrition and appetite.
- Walking on the street gives the animal a fascinating experience and new experiences. Unfortunately, animals living within the same four walls often lack fresh emotions. Often Pets experience discomfort from boredom and monotony, and this begins to spoil household items. Even calm introverts will be interested in watching flying butterflies and birds on the street.
Everyone knows that walking is good for dogs and humans. But not everyone is aware of the situation with walking cats. Why do cats walk much less often than dogs?
Cats don’t need a special walk to go to the toilet. They behave differently on walks. There is even a feeling that the cat is comfortable at home without walking, and she does not need fresh air at all. The situation with cat walking is aggravated by the dangers that animals may encounter on walks.
Dangers for cats on the street
On the street cats really warns a lot of dangers that you can not close your eyes and which should be prepared before going out. Knowing what can harm the pet’s health will help the owner cope with potential threats.
Ticks and fleas
These insects really pose a serious danger when walking. In addition, even Pets that do not go outside are not insured against their appearance. There are cases when the eggs of blood-sucking insects are brought into the house along with shoes. For Pets that are on the street, protection is mandatory, in 100% of cases. It is not recommended to walk the animal without taking protective equipment.These tools can be specialized collars, drops, sprays. On sale there are also tablets that enter the bloodstream through the gastrointestinal tract, have repellent properties for insects and thus provide reliable protection for a long time. The use of protective equipment in combination with a high probability will protect your pet from parasites.The choice of a place for walking is also important. It is not recommended to walk the animal in the field and in the forest, where the largest concentration of ticks. Optimal locations are cultivated urban areas: squares, parks and green areas.
Cars, other animals, children
Many owners do not let their Pets go, as they may be offended by unfriendly people, bitten by a dog or accidentally run over by a car. Indeed, animals on samovygul are subject to these dangers. Therefore, it is easiest to walk with a cat in sparsely populated and quiet places. And walk the animal exclusively on a special harness.
The factor of infectious diseases should be taken into account, because on the street, especially in places where stray animals gather, you can get infected. Cats that do not have vaccinations should not walk outside and have contact with other animals. Pets that do not have timely vaccinations and have a weakened immune system are at increased risk for infectious diseases. If your cat does not have vaccinations or is ill, it is better to refrain from walking at all.
Wild rats and mice
It is known that wild rodents are often carriers of dangerous infectious diseases, including rabies. This threat is particularly important for free-range animals. However, even if you walk with a cat on a leash, you still need to get a rabies shot.
Poison and abandoned food
Unfortunately, cases of deliberate poisoning of animals are becoming more common. Scattered food is a real threat to the health of Pets. It is strictly forbidden to allow the cat to pick up treats, since any piece eaten can lead to severe poisoning, and in some cases, the death of the animal. And even if the food is not poisoned, there is a high probability of infection with worms.
Rules for walking Pets
If the dangers lurking on the street did not frighten or stop you, and you decided to go for a walk with a domestic cat, we recommend that you follow the following rules.
- It is not recommended to go outside with:
— kittens without vaccinations;
— adult animals without experience of walking, without vaccinations;
— weakened and sick Pets;
— cats in heat;
— unsupervised and unsterilized animals without supervision.
- When you go outside for the first time, be prepared for your pet’s reaction. A cat may react differently to new external circumstances –
to be frightened to start out. Regular, systematic walks normalize behavior over time.
- Use special harnesses that are sold in Zoological stores. You can’t use a dog leash for walking. At first, the cat may not like being restricted in movement. But over time, the animal will get used to it, and walks will bring pleasure to both the owner and the pet.
- Be alert and attentive. Make sure that the animal does not take anything in his mouth and does not communicate with wild animals.
Walking outside is good for both the cat’s physical health and emotional state. Free-range animals face many dangers, especially in a big city. But compliance with the rules of walking will help to circumvent all potential threats and will bring pleasure to both the owner and the pet.
Hi, my name is Mike Fletcher. I am 36 years old and a veterinarian at a veterinary clinic in Granby Colorado. And this is my blog about Pets. I hope I can answer your questions here.