Safely letting your cat out for the first time
7th August, 2020
Cats are naturally independent and love to explore outside. Letting your cat out for the first time can be a little scary our vet helpline nurses have some advice for that first adventure.
Here are our top 5 things to consider before letting your cat outside…
- Microchip – Make sure your pet is easily identified. A quick release collar with an ID tag and having your cat microchipped will help should they stray a little too far from home.
- Age – Adult cats need at least 2 weeks to settle into a new home environment before being allowed safely outside. Kittens should be over 5 months and neutering needs to be considered first to avoid unwanted litters or roaming.
- Recall – Practice calling their name - use treats as a reward this can help make it a fun activity.
- Routine – Try letting your cat out before giving them food, after a short time of exploring call them in for feeding. Repeat this over a few days. This gradually helps build a routine and confidence.
- Access – Providing clear access in and out helps provide reassurance and habit for cats. A cat flap or open access point offer security.
Cats can enjoy a life of habit and will develop a comfortable routine. Allowing access to explore and enjoy the outside helps with enrichment, exercise, interaction and stimulation all vital to supporting our cats’ lives.