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5 Ways to Keep Your Cat Safe

5 Ways to Keep Your Cat Safe

Cats are independent creatures and do not require as much attention and exercise as dogs do. They take up less space and are more suitable for people living in smaller homes or apartments. They also tend to be less expensive to care for, as they do not require regular grooming or professional training. 

They will provide your company too for many years as you navigate life by being there. Your cat can live as long as 20 years, though 13-17 years is the average life expectancy of a cat, according to Pet MD.

Here are five ways you can ensure your cat is safe.

1. Keep Your Cat Indoors 

Keeping your cat indoors can prevent them from getting into accidents, such as getting hit by a car or getting into a fight with another animal. There are 70 million unowned cats roaming the outdoors in the United States. Some of them are feral and could injure your cat in a fight. Experts assume nearly 2.6 million birds are killed annually by these cats. 

Provide plenty of play options within the house. You can use toys with catnip to engage your cat. You can also let them chase dots of light across the carpet by pointing with a laser pointer. Cats need to be entertained to prevent them from getting bored.

2. Treat Cuts and Wounds 

Minor cuts and bruises in cats can be treated at home with proper care. First, clean the wound with mild soap and water to remove any dirt or debris. Then, apply an antiseptic to the wound to prevent infection. You can browse reliable online resources to find the appropriate cat antibiotic ointment for your feline friend or visit the local pet store. But make sure you consult with a veterinarian before buying an antibiotic ointment. 

Cover the wound with a clean, non-stick bandage and secure it in place with medical tape or a bandage wrap. Keep an eye on the wound and monitor for signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, or discharge. 

If the wound does not heal within a few days or becomes worse, it is best to visit a veterinarian for further treatment. It is also important to keep your cat calm and restrict their activity to prevent further injury.

3. Cat-Proof Your Interiors

Cat-proofing your interiors is an important step in ensuring your cat’s safety. One way to do this is by securing loose wires and cords, as cats may chew on them and risk electrocution. 

Additionally, you can keep hazardous items such as cleaning supplies, medications, and small objects out of reach to prevent your cat from accidentally ingesting them. Consider installing cat-proof screens on windows to prevent falls, and provide plenty of scratching posts and toys to keep your cat entertained and away from the furniture. 

Cats are curious animals and will often explore their environment. Make sure that heavy items such as bookcases and televisions are securely anchored to the wall to prevent them from tipping over when your cat tries to get around them while playing.

4. Educate Your Friends About Cat Safety

Sensitizing others to ensure your cat’s safety is an important step in protecting your pet. You can also set clear boundaries and communicate your expectations with others, such as asking them to not let their children or dogs approach your cat without your permission or to not feed your cat without your consent. 

Educate others on cat behavior and body language. Many people may not realize that certain actions, such as approaching a cat too quickly or reaching out to pet them without allowing them to sniff your hand first, can be perceived as threatening by cats and cause them to feel stressed or defensive.

Teach children how to properly interact with cats, such as not pulling their tails or ears and never approaching a cat that is sleeping or eating. It’s also important to supervise children when they are around your cat to ensure their safety and your cat’s comfort.

Ensure that any large dogs in the area are well-trained and under control. Large dogs can be overwhelming and scary for cats, and it is best to keep them separated to prevent any potential conflicts. There are 85 million American households with cats, as mentioned in a Medical News Today article. Hence people should be trained to ensure harmony while dealing with cats.

5. Get Your Cat Microchipped 

Microchipping your cat can ensure that they can be reunited with you if they ever get lost. It’s a small, painless procedure that can give you peace of mind knowing your cat can be returned to you if they ever wander off.

Microchipping is a permanent identification that cannot be lost or removed. A microchip is a small device, about a few millimeters,  that is inserted under the cat’s skin. It contains a unique identification number that can be read by a special scanner. 

If your cat becomes lost or stolen, the microchip can be used to identify the cat and reunite it with its owner. It’s important to keep your contact information up to date with the microchip company so that you can be contacted if your cat is found.

By following these tips, you can ensure that your cat is safe and secure in your home. Remember to always keep an eye on your cat and take note of any unusual behavior, as it may indicate a potential health concern. With the right care and attention, you can keep your cat happy and safe for many years to come. 

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Dana Cull

Dana is a digital content creator with a self-confessed obsession with writing. She is also an avid reader and loves to spend her leisure hours watching documentary films from different directors across the world.