Should You Have an Indoor or Outdoor Pet?

| July 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

The types of pet owners and the reasons that they have their pets are as varied as the species of the pets, themselves. Some people use pets to teach their children about responsibility, while other people use pets for the therapeutic benefits they have.

For the most part, we have pets just because we love animals. One major decision that all pet owners need to make, though, is whether their pet is going to primarily be an indoor or outdoor pet. To help make this decision, there are several things that should be considered…

Indoor pets live longer

First of all, every decent pet owner would like their furry, friendly pals to be with them for as long as they can. Having a dog or a cat is like having another member of the family, and losing them can be devastating, especially for kids.

In this regard, indoor pets have a clear advantage, since indoor cats and dogs have a higher lifespan of several years, on average, than outdoor cats and dogs, due to the fact that outdoor conditions have a greater wear-and-tear on an animal’s health.

However, it’s also important to recognize that there are other factors here, as well. For example, smaller dogs tend to have longer lifespans, anyways, and are more likely to be indoor pets than larger dogs.

On top of that, it’s worth considering if your pet will be happy staying indoors for most of its life, and whether the longer lifespan is worth a life with less quality (in this regard, it depends on the animal).

Depends on your geographic location

One major consideration is where you actually live. If your home is 20 stories above the ground in a Manhattan high rise, then this decision is going to be pretty easy for you.

Obviously, inner-city living necessitates having an indoor pet, but it actually is important to consider this for suburban homes, depending on your neighborhood. Is the neighborhood you live in pet friendly?

Are there other pets around? Where will your pet go to if they get out of your yard? Is there enough room to run around and make living outdoors worth it? These all come down to your particular geographic location.

Your home is a factor

Aside from your geographic location, the specifics of your home are a big factor, as well. Animals often come with their fair share of chaos and destruction, from time to time, particularly when they are young.

If you really care about maintaining the impeccable decor of your home’s interior, then getting an indoor pet may get in the way of that (although pets can be just as destructive outside, as well). Also, if the inside of your home doesn’t have enough room for an animal to roam around and get exercise, then it is easy for them to get depressed.

A lot of this is subjective and comes down to your specific home, but it is something to keep in mind. Many homeowners also opt to have a pet that can freely move indoors and outdoors, with the installation of a pet door.

Expect maintenance either way

Don’t think that having an indoor or outdoor pet is going to be easier, either way. Indoor dogs need to be taken out regularly, for exercise and restroom purposes, and indoor cats must have their litter changed regularly, or else you and everyone you live with is really going to regret it.

Indoor pets come with lots of cleaning and maintaining the inside of your home. However, outdoor pets come with their fair share of work too. For example, you have to work extra hard to make sure that you aren’t neglecting them, and are being social with them.

On top of that, dogs love digging and chewing on important things, especially the younger ones. The point is, expect a lot of maintenance, either way!


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