Tips to Keep Your Cat Safe Outside

If you are a cat owner and you love your frisky feline then of course you will want to keep them safe when they go outside for the first time. If your kit is still to venture out into the big wide world you may well be a little nervous about it. This is perfectly natural. There are dangers out there such as traffic, other animals and even other people, but don’t let that prevent you from letting your cat enjoy life outside your home.

Thankfully there are a number of things that you can do to make your kitty as safe as possible when it goes out of that cat flap for the first time. Here are a few measures to consider to keep your cat out of trouble when it goes outside:

Make sure it has a collar

First of all if your cat is going outside it absolutely must have a collar on. There are loads and loads of choices of collar available today from companies such as Collars and Tags (www.collarsandtags.co.uk) so you can choose one that you like and one that looks great on your feline friend. There are collars available with space to write your address and contact details and the cat’s name, plus you can buy collars with messages like ‘DO NOT FEED, I HAVE A HOME’, to stop people trying to adopt your pet by giving it treats. A collar will identify your cat as one with an owner and if it gets lost the collar will help people return it to you as quickly as possible.

Use a harness to begin with

If you are concerned about your cat doing a runner as soon as it gets outside another option is to use a harness. That’s right you can walk your cat on a lead like a cute little dog, although some cats are happier doing this than others. Your cat might struggle a little to begin with here but it should get used to the harness. You can use it just for a short time too to help your kitty learn where it lives and how to get back to your home, and you can relax and know that while on a harness your cat won’t wander into the road or panic and disappear.

Have your cat microchipped

Most cats and dogs are chipped these days and it comes highly recommended. A small microchip can be fitted under your cat’s skin by a vet and when scanned this chip will link back to your home address. This means that if your cat gets loose and someone finds it they should be able to find out that you are the owner, or at least a vet or the RSPCA will if it is handed to them as they can quickly scan it and link it back to you. Even a chipped cat should have a collar though, to indicate to people that it does have an owner.

Conceiving a Stable Space for your Horse

If you are looking to build, purchase or design a new stable for your horse, you may well find yourself at the beginning of a difficult and daunting task. Even if you are simply looking to renovate an existing building or piece of land to accommodate your horses, the process of creating a functional and idyllic living space remains extremely challenging. There are a number of considerations that need to be taken as your strive to create a suitable home for your horse, some of which are absolutely integral if you are to create a desirable and welcoming structure.

Imagining the Ideal Stable Space: The 3 Key Components

With this in mind, what are the 3 key components that are required to imagine, design and create the ideal living space for your horse? Consider the following: –

The Size and Shape of your Stable

According to the industry accredited Canadian Agri-Food Research Council, an individual horses loose box should at least measure between 3m and 3.6m2. This is the minimum recommendation, and this should provide a template when it comes to visualizing the size of your horses living space.  If you have the land to build larger stalls then you should strive to do this, as more spacious boxes will allow your horses far greater freedom. If you are cramped for space and are looking to optimise this, it may be wise to remove standard partitions between 2 regular stalls and create a more open plan stable layout.

Flooring

When it comes to laying stable flooring, the most commonly used material is concrete. A roughened and firm surface is non-slip, and subsequently minimizes the risks of accidental falls and unnecessary injury to your mares or foals. You will need to add bedding and rubber mats to certain areas of the stable structure, however, as this will provide them with a comfortable place to sleep and some respite for their long and slender legs. Another key point to bear in mind when laying concrete is that it does not drain naturally, which means that you must either install drains in the stalls or place your stable over an existing system.

Lighting

If the size of your stable space and the flooring used are key to ensuring your horses comfort, lighting is equally important if you are to keep your horses safe and mentally stimulated. In terms of artificial light, it is important to remember that standard fluorescent bulbs may not function in the extreme cold, while the lighting that you do incorporate must be protected by safety cages and fitted out of the horses reach. With regards to natural light, you must place your structure in an area that benefits from regular sunshine, as this will guarantee a safe and stimulating environment that has very few dark or shadowed areas.

The Bottom Line

If you are committed to creating a genuinely inviting and functional home for your horse, you will need to consider investing the highest possible quality of temporary stable structures. Purchasing from the Redmire Stable sales will enable you to access affordable, outdoor structures, which help to provide comfort and warmth to your horse on a daily basis.