example of an outdoor cat patio or catio.

How to: Supervised outdoor cat quality time

During the summer months, it’s nice to spend some quality time outdoors with our pets. But with cats, it’s important to cautious in order to keep them safe. In this blog, we give you tips on enjoying supervised outdoor quality time with your cat. More information: PET HEALTH CORNER: Enjoying time outside with your cat.

example of an outdoor cat patio or catio.
photo credit: arievergreen cat enclosure tunnel via photopin (license)

Fenced in or screened porch/patio

Using a fenced in or screened in porch or patio gives the ability to visually watch your cat to make sure they are safe. Cat enclosures are another alternative.

Put food, water, and a litter box inside the patio to increase the cat’s comfort. You can also put a bird feeder at a safe distance from the enclosure, so the cats can engage safely.

Walks with a leash or collar

Some cats can also tolerate a leash and collar or leash and harness. If you want to introduce this technique, do so in a low-stress time. Using treats as the harness is introduced can also be effective.

Rubbing the harness or brushing it against your cat’s fur will also help, because this gets their scent on it so it’ll feel more familiar. Connect the harness with good experiences, such as ‘treat time.’

Outdoor cats

The Ontario SPCA encourages pet owners not to have their cats outside, but if you are a person who likes to sit outside in the evening, or does a lot of gardening and wants their pet to be a part of this, it might be worth it to look into supervised options.

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Jul 31, 2017
by Emily Cook