Let’s Go Outside!

Summer is just around the corner and Kitty is starting to crave some freedom? Do you wish for your cat to go outside and "let loose" so that he can be calmer at home? Whether the idea comes from you or your cat, there are a few things to keep in mind before letting Kitty out.

First of all, make sure your cat has appropriate identification. Whether it is with a custom tag or a medal associated with the rabies vaccine, for example, make sure that the information registered enables us to contact you if your cat gets lost. You should know that it is also possible to have a microchip implanted under your cat's skin. This microchip, unique to your cat, can only be read with a special reader available at the SPA and veterinary clinics.

You should be aware that there are more dangers for an outdoor cat than one that stays inside. He will encounter many animals, some of which may be less friendly and could inflict injury. For example, a bite can lead to the transmission of certain diseases such as feline leukemia, feline AIDS and rabies. Other more contagious diseases can also threaten Kitty if he is not adequately protected. There are vaccines against most of these viruses, so ask your veterinarian for a vaccination plan adapted to Kitty's lifestyle!

A favourite activity of cats who go outside is, without a doubt, hunting! In fact, Kitty will gladly bring you some trophies back! But hunting does not have only positive aspects; because most preys are carrying parasites, often in the form of larvae encysted in their muscles. These larvae finish growing in your cat's body, which then becomes host to "intestinal worms". There are several types of parasites, and some are transmissible to humans. Therefore, it is important to have a stool analysis done every year and to give the appropriate deworming treatments.

In addition to internal parasites, your cat can also become a host to external parasites. Fleas, ear mites, body mites and ticks are among the parasites that can contaminate your environment, bite you, or even transmit certain diseases. It is crucial to protect your pet from these "invaders" during the summer months, from June to November.

In closing, keep in mind that despite the associated hazards, the outdoors offers your cat plenty of stimuli and places to explore that will satisfy her hunting and activity needs. She'll likely return home happy and relaxed.