Wednesday 8 August 2018 was International Cat Day.
Australians may think their indoor cats are safe and protected inside their homes, but research reveals that 83% of Australian cats have some level of outdoor access, which increases their risk of traumatic injuries, and their exposure to infectious and parasitic diseases
A recently conducted Feline Lifestyle Study, published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, showed that 66% of cat owners described their cats as having outdoor access, while 34% said their cats were indoor only. However, further questioning revealed that more than half of these “indoor only” cats actually had outdoor access. In total, 83% of pet cats had some form of outdoor access during their lives.
According to Bondi Vet Dr Lisa Chimes, this new study shows us that many cat owners may be under-estimating their cats risk of infectious and parasitic diseases.