Growing up, I always had cats, however, I never had an outside cat. Over the years, only one cat would head outside and that was just on the deck. Now that I have an outside cat, I needed to find ways to keep her safe. Stripes is always outside playing in the grass or climbing trees. I love how adventurous she is but like any pet owner, I worry. Keeping her inside was not an option. I needed to find out ways to protect my outside cat.
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Stripes being an outside cat is worrisome for me. I have always had inside cats which meant I needed to find ways to keep her healthy and safe. Though she doesn’t go far, the reality is, anything can happen. She is an extremely loving cat and will go up to anyone who is willing to show her some love. Though we don’t have a ton of traffic on our street, I am afraid someone may try to take her just because she is super friendly. It’s these reasons I want to share with you how I protect my outside cat.
How to Protect my Outside Cat
Spay or Neuter your Cat
While some may feel it’s un-natural to spay or neuter your pet, it’s a great way to prevent them from wandering off when in heat. This will also help protect your cat from pregnancy and having to care for a litter of kittens that you will most likely not keep. Which will also help the over population of cats that become strays each year or worse, end up being put down. Talk to your vet and see what options are available to you and your furry friend. Be sure to ask about the health benefits of having your cat spayed or neutered.
Stay up to date on Shots
Like children, you want to keep your cat up-to-date on their shots. These shots are there to keep your feline pet healthy and protected from certain diseases. Talk to your vet about what shots are best for your furry friend and be sure to inform your vet that your cat is an outside cat. This information will allow your vet to make the right determination of what shots they should receive.
Keep Water and Their Favorite Food Handy
Having your cat on a feeding schedule is one of the best things you can do for them. It will keep them on a schedule and they will know when it’s time to return home, you should also keep water out for them during those hot days. You want to keep your furry friend hydrated and let’s be honest, we all come running when we know our favorite food is waiting for us.
Getting your cat chipped is a great way to help find your cat if she/he gets lost. Often people see a cat and believe he or she is either a stray or lost. Having your furry friend microchipped is a great way to have some extra protection in case they turn up at a shelter or hospital. While a collar and tag are also recommended, they can fall off. Having a microchip is a great way for extra protection.
Our pets are like our children and we want the best for them. Stripes won’t eat anything but her favorite food. She is in love with Meow Mix Bistro Recipe. Her favorite flavor is Rotisserie Chicken Flavor and when I say this is her favorite food, I am not kidding. When she’s in the house and hears the bag, she is right there under you feet waiting for you to fill her bowl. While Meow Mix offers a great selection of flavors, she loves what she loves.
Meow Mix is a brand I trust. Not only do they offer a high-quality product, it clearly has some amazing taste according to Stripes. She comes running when she hears the bag and shows her appreciation with purring and rubbing up against my leg. Feeding Stripes a product she loves helps us stay connected and happy with each other. She’s happy because she gets her favorite food and I’m happy because she’s happy. This allows her to continue to be her adventurous self, what more could a fur-momma ask for?
Stripes was thoroughly enjoying her dinner however, she has never had the Meow Mix Brushing Bites. I was excited to see if she would be interested in something new and she was. She was outside enjoying her dinner when I put a few in her dish. She went right for them and surely enjoyed them. I always shop for Stripes at Walmart as I seem to always find great deals and I love using my Ibotta app. As a single parent, a savings is a savings. For me, when I can save on things I buy all the time, I just love it.
If you don’t use the Ibotta app, I highly recommend it. Right now, you can earn $1.50 when you purchase Meow Mix Dry Food, $1.00 when you purchase Meow Mix Wet Food, and $0.25 when you purchase Meow Mix Treats. However, the savings don’t end there. You can earn an additional $1.00 when you redeem two or more of the Meow Mix rebates.
Keeping Stripes happy, healthy and protected is my goal. She is part of our family and like any family member, her well-being is a concern of mine. As long as Stripes is happy and safe, all is good.