Why Your Cat Needs Freedom to Move About

If you have a cat, you can talk about their character all day long. There is no such thing as a usual cat; all of them are unique and have their preferences. Have you ever tried doing your accounts on the dining table at night and finding your cat on top of the pile of paper in the morning, instead of their cat bed or the sofa? If you have, you know what to look out for when it comes to weird furry animals. No matter how much you want to protect your cat from the dangers of the outside, however, you will need to give them freedom. Find out why below.

Cats are Independent

If there is one thing about cats all owners agree it is that they are independent. They take themselves for a walk, and – if you are lucky – find a spot to do their business outside. They don’t always like litter boxes, and the smell of other cats can deter them, You might be better off allowing them to roam the garden freely, and you will even save money on cat litter and time on changing their boxes.

They Feel the Urge to Protect their Territory

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You might want to keep your cat out of danger, but what if he or she doesn’t want to miss out on action? Just imagine your moggie sitting in the window and another cat from next door teasing him or her. Anger is justified, and you need to take into consideration that cats are territorial. They want to get out there and pick a fight with the intruder. Surprising or not, this will make them feel bigger and better about themselves. You don’t want to cause them frustration, so you might actually allow them to take action.

Cats Love Exploring

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Cats want to see, hear, and feel everything. They are curious animals. If you have a garden, it would be cruel not to let them out every now and then. They sometimes also suffer indigestion and need some grass, just like dogs. Cats are good at self-medication. If you suspect that they are meeting various strange species out there, you will also have to make sure that they are protected and their vaccinations are up to date.

They Want to Bring You Presents

One of the unpleasant sides of cat ownership is that your favorite pet will bring you some presents from time to time. From birds to rodents, you can find all sorts when you wake up and go downstairs for a coffee. You will need to understand and appreciate the gesture, though. For cats, chasing things is a good sport and it is their entertainment. Don’t deny them this small pleasure and satisfaction.

Cats Are Pretty Good at Looking Out for Themselves

Cats are pretty streetwise, and this is one of the most fascinating things about them. You might be worried that they will get on the main road and get hit, but if you take it slow and keep an eye on them, chances are that they will hardly leave your garden and front yard. They have a much better hearing than us, not to mention their whiskers picking up vibrations. Locking them up does more damage than good.

They Need Exercise

Unless you would like to end up with an overweight and diabetic cat, chances are that you will need to let them exercise. If you live in an apartment, you can get them a lead and take them for a walk. Main Coons are the best to train for this role, due to their sizes and their dog-like personality. They want to climb things, and it is better if they sharpen their claws on the fence or a tree than your furniture.

They Don’t Like Sharing Space

If you have more than one cat, they can get on each other’s nerves. Not to mention the presence of a dog in the house. Your cat will tease the dog until he reacts. It might be a good idea to get a cat flap that also works for a dog so either of your pets can take themselves out of the situation and you don’t have to break up fights every day.

Having a cat is a new experience every time. Their personalities make us laugh out loud or calm us down after a hard day at work. They will find the spot that hurts and curl up right next to you when you feel down. Let them explore freely and make the most out of their nine lives.

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