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Can Persian Cats Go Outside?

Milo Persian Outside

If you’re the proud owner of a Persian cat or you’re looking to buy a Persian cat then firstly that’s great news as they are a wonderful breed of cat.

You may have wondered if a Persian cat can go outside, I know this was something I was curious about before buying my own Persian cat.

The short answer is YES they can go outside but they should be kept as indoor cats. I will go into more detail as to why this is the case below.

Why Persian Cats Are Best Kept As Indoor Cats

The Persian cat just like any cat has a natural instinct to hunt small prey and protect themselves from the dangers of the outdoors. However, they aren’t the “ideal” cat for the outdoors and there are many reasons for this.

Persian Cats Aren’t Built For The Outdoors

Persian cats have relatively short legs and a stocky body with fur which is very long and prone to mats and tangles. If your Persian cat was living as a predominantly outdoor cat then they would get twigs/grass/dirt on their fur and it can be difficult to clean and maintain a Persian that is an indoor cat never mind one that’s outdoors most of the time. If a Persian cat was going outdoors often I would imagine you would get to the point where you had to shave their fur off regularly.

Persian Cats Suffer From Respiratory Issues

A common issue with brachycephalic cats is breathing issues and many Persian cats suffer from a range of different breathing issues. Due to the flat face and small air passageway, the Persian would be more susceptible to problems if they were to lead an outdoor lifestyle.

Fungal Infections Are More Common In Persian Cats

Overall fungal infections aren’t very common in cats but the Persian is said to be more susceptible to getting fungal infections than other breeds. This is said to be caused by the immune system being compromised more easily in Persians.

Persian Cats Aren’t The Most Streetwise Cats

Persian cats have a reputation for being laidback and often quite docile, of course, they aren’t all like this but most are. Generally, they aren’t very streetwise and as such this puts them at risk of being attacked by other animals such as dogs, foxes and other cats. Not to mention the inherent risks that the roads can cause cats. Your Persian is happier being a lap cat and sat in front of your fire than out there battling with other cats in your neighbourhood.

Your Persian Cat Is At Risk Of Being Stolen

You don’t need to be a cat connoisseur to recognise a Persian cat with their distinctive looks. People are aware that the Persian is an exotic breed of cat that is normally expensive. This makes your friendly laidback Persian cat a target for thieves.

Cats Live Longer That Are kept Indoors

In a recent article, I wrote I looked at the average lifespan of a Persian cat and cats that are kept indoors can live much longer than an outdoor cat.Milo on a cat lead

Persian Cats Can Go Outside In Your Fenced Garden

Persian cats love going outside and exploring as any cat does, in the summertime I let my own Persian cat go outside in the sun in my garden. I only recommend this if your garden is secure and your cat can’t escape. The last thing you want is your cat escaping.

I think letting your Persian cat go outside in your garden is a great way to give them some variety in their life and you will be amazed at just how much they enjoy the garden. Milo even meows to go out in the garden when it’s sunny!

If you don’t have a garden that is fenced off or secured then you can always buy a cat lead and supervise your cat. I always keep an eye on Milo when he is in the garden and wouldn’t leave him on his own in the garden.

You can even take your cat to the park in the summer and walk them, I’ve done this a few times and Milo loves it. Just expect a few double takes or strange looks from people in the park when they see a fluffy cat on a lead!

Final Thoughts

Under no situation could I see a Persian cat making a good outdoor cat and I would question why any owner would want to have a Persian who is predominantly an outdoor cat. An indoor cat that goes out in a secure garden or on a lead is a great way to allow your Persian cat to explore the great outdoors. Let me know your thoughts, would you or have you let your Persian cat outside and if so what were your experiences.

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