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5 Tips for Raising an Outdoor Cat

Cats are a great choice when considering a new addition to the family for many reasons, one of which is that they enjoy spending time outdoors. Cats can live long, happy, healthy, lives – which is why raising an outdoor cat is extremely fun.

Our cat is an important part of our family, even though she spends most of her time in outdoors. She is welcome to come inside, but chooses not to.  

Hopefully, these 5 tips for raising an outdoor cat can help you make sure that your outdoor cat is happy and healthy.

5 Tips for Raising an Outdoor Cat

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It is always a good idea to spay or neuter your pets. This is especially important for outdoor Not only does this ensure that the cat population in your area stays under control it also help keep your outdoor cat from straying too far from their home. Spaying and neutering also helps prevent disease, aiding your pet in living a long and happy life.

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Food Choice

As pet lovers we all want what is best for our furry friends. When it comes to food choice we want a natural product that tastes good. Purina Muse Natural Cat Food makes our choice easy.  With Muse you don’t have to choose between natural nutrition and food that tastes great. Your cat can have both when you choose Muse.

Purina Muse provides wet food that has no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. We can feel good about serving “Crab Cakes” a high quality grain free food that is 100% complete and balanced for adult cats.


Keep in mind that raising an outdoor cat does not mean that they live outside no matter what. In some circumstances it will be necessary for you to provide them an indoor shelter. It is a good idea to have a plan for where your cat will be housed in case of extreme weather, natural disaster, extended travel, etc.

Raising an Outdoor Cat

Another good idea is to make sure you outdoor cat has a simple shelter near their food and water source. We provide “Crab Cakes” with an outdoor shelter, but she prefers to be on top of it, not inside it. During the warmer months a recycled cardboard box with some old towels will do, when it gets colder a more protected shelter can be created for next to nothing. This will help keep your outdoor cat safe from predators, warm, and dry; having a shelter near their food and water also encourages them to stay close to home.

Flea & Tick Prevention

Fleas and ticks can cause serious illness in outdoor cats. They spend most, if not all, their time outdoors where these kinds of pests are abundant. A simple flea and tick collar will suffice but topical or oral medicines are a better choice for keeping your outdoor cat healthy. Collars are great if your outdoor cat is not overly adventurous but keep in mind that anything around your pet’s neck might snag, or trap them which can end up being deadly.

Raising an Outdoor Cat

Human Interaction

One of the most important things to remember when raising an outdoor cat is that they require the same amount of love and affection as that of indoor cats. They will still want to be part of your family. You can play with them, train them, and love them just like you would an indoor cat. Outdoor cats are often happier because they get to feed their natural instincts. They are by nature curious creatures and being able to roam freely and explore is natural for them!

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We are proud to say that we have a happy, healthy outdoor cat. She is well taken care of and sometimes I think she eats better than we do.  Purina Muse Natural Cat Food is one of her favorite things. She starts her meal and doesn’t stop eating until she licks the bowl clean.

One big way to make sure your cat is well taken care of is by Recognizing the Signs of Cat Anxiety to get it under control.

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Is your cat an indoor or outdoor pet? Do you think your cat will enjoy the real seafood and poultry flavors of Purina Muse?

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  1. We have a 7 month old outdoor male cat but there is also an older feral cat roaming in our area and I think this cat is bullying my cat. My parents told me that him sleeping inside the hoise at night is not an option. What should I do?

    1. I think I’d work on getting rid of the feral cat. Call the human society or something.

  2. Good tips we have two outdoor cats that are well taken care of but for some reason people think this is not humane but they are happy????

  3. dana thompson says:

    Just curious. I am wanting an outdoor cat only, my kids will love on it… but I need one to help w/ pest control. How would I train it to hunt and stay near “home” w/out having it indoors first?

  4. kelly light says:

    looks like my outdoor cat~

  5. She’s so cute! I can’t wait to share about my cat too – he LOVES the great outdoors 🙂

  6. Patricia Delgado says:

    You have a beautiful cat. I think the most important tip here is the spay/neuter tip.