Indoor vs Outdoor Cats

From first time kitten owners to seasoned cat companions, cat owners are divided whether or not cats should be allowed outdoors. Deciding whether or not a cat should be an indoors or outdoors animal is up to individual owners so long as awareness for all the pros and cons are considered.

We are not here to tell you which direction to take, merely provide you with all aspects of both indoor and outdoor life and how you may even be able to get the best of both worlds! … [Click “Read more” button below to read full version]

  • Traffic….[Click below to read full newsletter]…
  • Poisons ….
  • Infectious disease….
  • Parasites …..
  • Dogs and wild animals….[read full newsletter: click link below]
  • Becoming lost…..
  • Neighbours …..
  • Skin cancer…..
  • Cat predation….
  • Benefits of ‘controlled’ outdoor cats, is of coarse getting fresh air, sunlight and acting upon normal cat behaviors……

Compromising:

Hello Pet Parents,

Well it is only the middle of Autumn, we are all feeling the cold and just because your fur family wears a fur coat doesn’t mean they don’t feel the cold as much as we do. We wear cloths and still enjoy the fire or electric blanket! This is particularly important for young or old animals. A coat or electric blanket will keep your adult pets happy and your old pets comfortable.

I might be letting the cat out of the bag too soon (pardon the pun) although just could not wait to share. We are in the middle of planning a Cat Adoption Program! This will mean hundreds, hopefully thousands of orphaned and abandoned kittens and cats will be rescued and re-homed. We shall keep you posted on the progress.

A gentle reminder that we are fully booked for Christmas and so the sooner you place your name on the waiting list the higher the chance of getting in for a Christmas holiday.

Wishing you a warm month of May!

Sincerely,
Jules, Dr Katie and the cat caring team at Divine Creatures

Indoor vs Outdoor Cats

From first time kitten owners to seasoned cat companions, cat owners are divided whether or not cats should be allowed outdoors. Deciding whether or not a cat should be an indoors or outdoors animal is up to individual owners so long as awareness for all the pros and cons are considered.
We are not here to tell you which direction to take, merely provide you with all aspects of both indoor and outdoor life and how you may even be able to get the best of both worlds!

  • The first valid reason to make a cat an indoor pet is traffic. Roads present a life-threatening danger for cats. One accident can be fatal or cause serious injuries amounting to substantial veterinary bills.
  • Indoor cats are not exposed to the host of poisons that many outdoors cats encounter. Pesticides, home garden products, car and motor products, discarded trash, spoiled foods, poisonous plants and intentional poisonings are among the poisoning dangers for cats that roam.
  • Danger of contracting an infectious disease rises for the outdoor cat. Many feline diseases including Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and Feline Leukemia (FeLV) are transmitted from an infected cat to another. Free roaming cats often encounter problems with other cats in the area and abscesses as a result of a cat fight are ailment veterinarians see on a regular basis. These are painful to the cat and can cost up to several hundred dollars to fix.
  • Parasites are another health issue for outdoor cats. Fleas are prevalent through the world and can be carriers for disease. In Australia, paralysis ticks can infect cats and if not treated ticks can kill. Ringworm (which is in fact a fungus, not a worm) is another disease that can adversely affect a cat’s health as well as pass to human members of the same household.
  • Dogs and wild animals such as foxes and snakes often prey on cats that wander into the wrong territory. Australia has the deadliest snakes in the world, and can quite easily kill a cat. Cruel and sadistic individuals sometimes kill defenseless cats for sport or pleasure.
  • Outdoors cats are more prone to becoming lost. Less than 5% of cats taken to animal shelters are reclaimed by owners. All outdoor cats should wear safety collars with identifying information. However  collars often become lost. Microchipping is the only permanent way to identify a cat. Theft of animals to be used as lab animals, for the illegal fur trade or in satanic rites is another threat for outdoor cats.
  • Neighbours who object to a roaming cat who may defecate or urinate in a flower bed or vegetable garden are another potential problem. Neighborhood spats often arise from issues involving cats.
  • Cats are also susceptible to skin cancer. If you allow your cats to free roam, or have them in the safety of an enclosure it is important to be aware of this and offer the cat protection from the sun. Many people who build enclosures have a shaded area where the cats can enjoy the outdoors without the constant exposure of the sun. Some white cats need daily suncream application.
  • Outdoor cats must be brought indoors from dusk to dawn. This is when our native fauna is at its most vulnerable to cat predation. Many councils in Australia now have regulations in place for roaming cats, so it’s important to ensure that you check with your local council.
  • Benefits of ‘controlled’ outdoor cats, is of coarse getting fresh air, sunlight and acting upon normal cat behaviors. We see few cat behavioral problems with controlled outdoor cats. Below will offer advise of having the best of both worlds

Compromising:
Cat owners uncertain about keeping a pet indoors can give their cat the best of both worlds by offering outdoor experiences in controlled situations.  Contrary to what most cat owners may think, it is possible to train a cat to a leash and harness. It is easier to train a kitten or young cat but all cats can be leash trained. This allows cats to be walked in the same manner as many dogs and offers outdoor exercise beneficial for both cat and owner.
Perhaps the best solution of all is a cat enclosure where cats can enjoy the outdoors in a safe environment. Many companies manufacture cat enclosures. Cat owners can also create their own. An ideal cat enclosure will contain enough space to move, climbing options, and a resting area.  A shady area is best so that the cat can enjoy fresh area even on the warmest days. Every cat enclosure should be covered with material that can’t be breached by the cat. Nylon mesh and chicken wire are two of the most inexpensive, effective options. Concerns about formerly outdoor cats adapting to indoor life are valid but a cat enclosure often solves this potential problem.
If you are considering keeping your cat indoors how about considering the possibility of building a cat enclosure!

Taurus   20 April – 20 May

Placid and easy going is the Taurus cat, slow to anger but beware when they lose their temper! Taurus cats can get very set in their ways and aren’t particularly fond of change. The one thing they hate the most is changing routines.
They tend to love their food and nap times and can sometimes be a little overweight. Once a Taurus cat has made up his mind about something you will find it nearly impossible to change it. Never shut a door on a Taurus cat, he will want to barge right through it. Loyal and friendly.

Compatible Owners: Gemini, Libra
Favourite Food: Almost anything, but are partial to sardines
Best Attribute: Good Naturedness
Worst Attribute: Stubborn

May Specials

  • Post a photo on Facebook of your cat on holiday at Divine Creatures on Divine Creatures Facebook Page and receive two nights free next holiday! *Minimum 2 nights*
  • Check out our assortment of specials this month online! Click here for May specials

Keeping your pets warm this winter

The Safe way to warm your pets this winter is with the Snuggle Safe Heat Matt

  • Heated in minutes
  • Lasts for up to 10 hours
  • Quick and safe
  • No wires ~ no scalding water
  • Bite and scratch resistant
  • Includes cosy cover

Widely used in the Veterinary industry, this flexible heat pad can be used on all animals from mice, birds, reptiles and of coarse dogs and cage. This heat pad requires a power source there for not suitable for destructive animals

This cute little bed is just for our smaller creatures including cats, dogs and rabbits. The inner cushion is removed for easy cleaning. As with all Choozy beds that have a foam content they have the ‘Ultra Fresh’ treatment. These beds are available in beautiful top quality furs made from hypoallergenic material

Keeping your pets warm and fashionable this winter with our range of jumpers and jackets. Your pet will be the most fashionable cat or dog in town!

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