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.
To mark International Cat Day, the Have We Seen Your Cat Lately? Program is putting the spotlight on the hidden health risks Australian cat owners may not be aware of.
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.1