Most experts strongly disagree on letting your Ragdoll roam, but some cats are insistent. Although there are some risks, there certainly are some benefits to letting your cat spend time outside. Introducing your cat to outside environments slowly help them adapt to future changes.
While it is not advised to let your cat out, it is up to you to consider and act in the cat’s best interest.
What are the risks?
Ragdoll might be triggered by something small, causing them to take off. Once they’re in “flight mode”, it might be difficult to get them back.
Vehicular traffic is a major danger to house cats. They aren’t wired to understand traffic safety and should be kept away when possible. Besides that, Ragdolls are overly trusting of people even to people who might pose a threat to them. Unaccompanied cats may fall victim to wrongdoers.
Your cat could also be in danger while interacting with other animals. Dogs may chase or injure them and other territorial cats may be aggressive with your Ragdoll. More importantly, they could contract potentially fatal diseases like rabies, feline leukemia, or distemper.
Letting your cat go out
If you can’t find a safe way for your Ragdoll to enjoy the outdoors, consider the following options.
- Catios – If you have a porch, chances are that you can make a DIY catio! Just add some heavy duty screens to enclose an existing outdoor area.
- Crates and Cages – A large dog crate or small animal cage can serve as a safe place for your cat to hang out. Choose the crate accordingly as your Ragdoll may be able to escape if they can fit their head through.
- Pet Carriers – Either a classic plastic carrier or backpacks with windows, whichever your Ragdoll prefers for them to peep through.
- Leash and Harness – It might sound crazy, but this trend is really taking off.
Remember to always consider about your cat’s feelings regardless of any option you choose. Introduce all changes slowly, and never leave your cat alone and vulnerable in an enclosure!