Cats are one of the most popular pets in homes around the world. They have earned a special place in the hearts of their owners for their intelligence, the affection shown to their masters, their independence and their love for cleanliness. Many people let their kittens out of the house to walk around and explore their surroundings – no doubt a very tender detail … which can result in a terrible idea. We tell you why.
Of course your kitten will love exploring the courtyard, or the whole neighborhood. But allowing him to leave home can be harmful to your pet’s health, and yours. It is convenient that you consider that, in spite of the legend, cats do NOT have nine lives:
- Cats that walk outside their home can get involved in fights with other cats or dogs, which if they are stray are, in general, much stronger and more skilled than the house cats. Bites and scrapes received during fights can become injuries and wounds that can become infected.
- These infections can be diseases of certain danger, such as feline influenza, high fever, leukemia or rabies.
- A house cat can easily get lost in the street, and may not know how to return home.
- If they are cats, they can have sex with other cats and, if they get pregnant, then it will cause a direct problem to you and an indirect problem to the excess of cat population that already exists in our planet. Also in the case of pets, if you own any, it is necessary to have the responsibility of a “family planning”. After all … your cats carry your last name!
- A pet that spends time on the street, can bring to your home lice, fleas, ticks and other insects that bite him as well as you and your family members.
- The street cats are victims, in many occasions, of fatal traffic accidents, and there is nothing more unpleasant than seeing a kitten crushed by the wheels of a vehicle … especially if it is our kitten.
If you still need to leave your cat out of the house for some time, we recommend the following: do not remove or cut the nails (so you can defend if you fight), bathe each or two weeks with disinfectant liquids for cats, and, if it is female, take it to the veterinarian to be sterilized. The operation is simple, the pet recovers quickly and thus you avoid the risk of unwanted pregnancies and a yard full of newborn kittens with which you will not know what to do …
Now that you know the advantages of keeping your kitten indoors, it is convenient that you take some simple measures to protect yourself and your family from possible diseases and problems that may arise from coexisting with the pet:
- A healthy cat is the best way to avoid contagion to the humans that live with it. When bringing a kitten home, take it to the veterinarian to administer your vaccinations, as well as medications and treatments for parasites, fleas and ticks. The veterinarian will also inform you about the basic care you need and the dates of the follow-up visits.
- Wash your hands thoroughly after loading the kitten and especially after cleaning your sand box. Teach children to do the same. This step is extremely important to avoid the transmission of parasites and contamination with bacteria.
- Be very careful if you are pregnant and you live with a cat. Wear gloves and wash your hands very well when cleaning your box (better yet, delegate this task to another member of the family) to avoid toxoplasmosis, a microorganism that is transmitted through the feces of cats, and that can damage seriously the baby that is about to be born if you contract it.
- You have allergy? You do not have to deprive yourself of the company of a cat if you like them very much. Ventilate the house well at least once a day and keep the area where the kitten sleeps well or where it spends most of the day. To avoid losing too much hair, it is a good idea to brush the kitten out of the house daily. If the kitten is left, you can bathe it every two weeks.
- Avoid at all costs that the kitten bites you since the bites of a cat have to become infected. Try not to burden a scared or annoyed cat so it does not bite you unintentionally. Find information about the body language of cats and share this information with your children: how they move their tails or the sounds they emit when they feel attacked or under stress. If the kitten bites you or bites you, wash the wound well with soap and water. Apply an antibacterial ointment and call the doctor if the wound becomes red, swollen or if it occurs in a joint (joint). If the kitten is aggressive and you have children, then it is best to find another home for the pet.
- Ask the veterinarian to recommend a product to eliminate fleas and ticks to avoid discomfort in your home.
You will see that following these simple steps you, your family and your pet can enjoy each other and better yet, lead a healthy life.