Indoor Cats vs Outdoor Cats

Indoor Cats vs Outdoor Cats: Which is Best?

You have brought home your new cat, but now the question is indoor or outdoor? Which is best? Take a look here to see the pros and cons of both.

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Cats really are adorable little animals, and they make perfect pets! Before you introduce a cat into your family, it is really important for you to consider whether they will be living indoors or outdoors. There are really three options that people consider. They can either live strictly indoors, strictly outdoors, or both. Before you decide whether your cat will be an indoor cat or an outdoor cat, you need to take a look at the pros and cons and weigh them out.

You will not only want to take into consideration what will be best for you and your family, but also what will be best for your cat. Weighing your options is a great idea, because it will lay out all of the advantages and disadvantages so that you can make an informed decision when it comes to your new furry little family member!

First and foremost, you need to think about the fact that a cat’s main way to defend himself is with his claws. If you are getting a cat, or a kitten, that has been declawed, then you really don’t have much of an option. Cats that have been declawed don’t need to have any unsupervised time outdoors because they won’t be able to properly defend themselves if they are put in a situation where they feel threatened. If the cat hasn’t been declawed, then you do have more options to consider.

Now, let’s take a closer look at the advantages and disadvantages of your three different options.

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Pros and Cons of Indoor Cats

First, we will take a look at indoor cats. Cats make great house pets and a lot of people really want to make sure that their cats stay indoors at all times. Safety is often a top priority for cat owners, and it should be! There is no doubt about it that indoor cats are safer than outdoor cats, because they aren’t exposed to the elements and the dangers found outdoors.

Here are a few of the biggest advantages of keeping your cat indoors:

  • less likelihood of fights and physical altercations with other animals
  • no exposure to moving vehicles
  • less risk of diseases that run rampant in the outdoors
  • longer life expectancy
  • easier to prevent and treat fleas and ticks

This may make keeping your cat indoors seem like a no brainer, but there are also a few disadvantages that you may want to consider:

  • there are added responsibilities, like scooping the litter box
  • some cats like to scratch up furniture
  • they might be clingy if they spend all of their time indoors

Before you jump right in and decide to keep your cat indoors, let’s look into the pros and cons of an outdoor cat.


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Pros and Cons of Outdoor Cats

Many cat owners say that they feel that the outdoors is a more natural environment for cats, and this is definitely true. Cats, however, have been domesticated over the years and it is not abnormal for cats to live their entire lives without ever setting foot outdoors. While that is true, here are a few of the definite benefits of outdoor cats:

  • outdoor cats often have more time to explore and stay active
  • spending time outdoors is great for mental health
  • you don’t have to worry with litter boxes and messes in the house
  • if someone in your home is allergic to cats, it won’t be an issue

While these are great benefits, take a look at the disadvantages of outdoor cats. You have to weigh them in as well:

  • outdoor cats tend to have more health risks
  • outdoor cats are exposed to much more danger
  • outdoor cats are at higher risk for fleas and ticks
  • outdoor cats are more prone to getting lost or stolen


As you can see, there are pros and cons to both indoor and outdoor cats. With that being said, how can you determine what is best for your cat? Why not let them experience both? This is a question that many cat owners ask, and lots actually let their cats be indoor/outdoor cats. There are advantages and disadvantages to this as well.

Choosing Between an Indoor Cat and an Outdoor Cat

Choosing whether your cat will stay indoors or outdoors isn’t a decision that should be taken lightly. There are a lot of factors that need to be taken into consideration. First, consider the area that you live. If you live near a busy road, it is never a good idea to let your cat go outside unsupervised. You never know when they may run out into the road, and that is never a good thing. Here are other things to consider as well:

  • Always make sure that your cat’s health and safety is a priority.
  • Choose an environment for your cat that will make sure that both you are your cat are healthy and happy.
  • Never allow a declawed cat to go outside unsupervised, as they won’t be able to defend themselves.
  • Don’t make a cat stay indoors without having any type of interaction, as this is not good for their mental or physical health and wellness.

Whether you choose to have your cat stay indoors or outdoors, make sure that you take them to the vet regularly. This is especially true if your cat spends a lot of time outdoors. Try to get them in to see the vet at least once every six months or so for a checkup to make sure that there are no health issues that you need to be aware of.

So, now that you have seen the pros and cons of both indoor and outdoor cats, you can choose which will be the best option for your kitty.

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