The Benefits of Cat Doors for Cat Owners and Cats Alike
If you have an indoor cat that likes to occasionally wander outdoors, perhaps you should consider installing a pet door to give it the freedom to enjoy the outdoors without fearing that some unwanted animals and pests will enter your home. However, in order to do that, you need to make sure the environment that your cat will be in isn’t dangerous, so if you live in an area where there’s lots of traffic and stray animals, cat doors probably aren’t a good idea. However, if you’re certain that your kitty is a good girl, and she’ll be safe enjoying your protected garden, or if the environment where you live is risk-free, then a cat door can be beneficial to both of you.
The biggest benefit of cat doors is the freedom they give your pet to leave the house without having to “meow” for you to go and open the door. And if your cat likes to constantly wander in and outside of the house, then having to get up to open the door every time she wants to go out can get really annoying. Cats are curious creatures, and they love playing and enjoying nature, exercising and walking around, and knowing that they can get back home safely whenever they want will make them so much happier.
Furthermore, you can lock most doors and thus control the times when your cat can go outside. For instance, if you don’t want your cat going outside throughout the night, you can simply lock the door. There are some electronic models that have a timer feature which you can program so that you don’t have to manually lock it every night and unlock it every morning. For example, you can program the door to lock at 8 pm and unlock at 7 am so that your cat can go outside and litter in the litterbox you have on your porch.
Lastly, a pet door gives you the freedom to leave your cat at home alone, knowing it won’t be locked in all day long. If the surrounding outdoor area is protected and safe for your cat, and if your cat is the type to sit in the garden for most of the day and play with plants and sunbathe, you can leave for work knowing that your pet isn’t at home, bored and causing trouble around the house. This will allow it to explore the outdoors and spend energy outside instead of rummaging through your house.