Should a cat be let out? Expert opinion on Wikipedia!
To let a cat out into the street is not such an innocent question as it might seem at first glance. This is fundamental to the safety and health of your purr.
In the photo: cat on the street
To walk or not to walk a cat by itself?
Many years ago, the question of “letting a cat out onto the street” was decided unequivocally: cats were mainly “working” creatures, rodent hunters. They caught mice and rats in the barns, slept there, and only occasionally leftovers from the master's table fell over to them.
However, in Belarusian villages, cats still lead a similar lifestyle. These animals, even if they are sometimes allowed into the house, can go outside when they like. It is believed that they are able to take care of themselves.
However, modern realities force scientists (and after them the responsible owners) to decide that it is better for a cat to stay at home.
In the photo: cats on the street
Why not let the cat out on the street?
First, environmentalists are sounding the alarm, giving cats the title of "threat to biodiversity." The fact is that our domestic “tigers” have remained very successful predators who hunt not only to satisfy hunger, but also for pleasure. In Belarus, no studies have been conducted on how many birds and small animals die from the claws and teeth of cats, but in other countries such studies are being conducted and the results are depressing.For example, in the United States, tens of billions of victims (birds and animals) are counted per year, while in Germany it is estimated that cats kill about 200 million birds per year.
Secondly, self-walking is dangerous for our favorites themselves. The list of threats for a walking “by itself" cat is constantly expanding. Here are just a few of them:
- Other animals and possible conflicts with them.
- Infection of infectious diseases from rodents.
- Risk of rabies.
- Inability to get off the tree.
- Poisoning by poison, food waste or chemicals, pesticides.
- Abduction (especially when it comes to a thoroughbred animal).
- The risk of not finding the way home.
- Infection with parasites.
- Cruelty on the part of people.
This is not to mention the risk of mating with stray cats for unsterilized cats and the subsequent headache for the owner by adding "unplanned" offspring (I do not want to discuss more cruel solutions to the problem).
Veterinarians and animal welfare experts advise letting a cat out on the street only if you can provide it with a safe place for walking - for example, a courtyard fenced on all sides, and with such a fence that the cat will not overcome.
And if the desire to get out for a walk with a cat is great, you can teach her to harness and drive on a leash.
In the photo: cat walks on a leash
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