We always want the best for our cats and allowing them to move in and out of our homes is, in most cases, a basic need for them. As all cat owners know, felines will very often do what they want so if they want to get out, they’ll certainly find a way.
Instead of going to the trouble of trying to keep them indoors, perhaps the best solution is to find a way for them to come and go as they please. Besides this making your life easier and more peaceful, there are several other benefits for your cat (and for you) in allowing them the freedom to move in and out of your home.
Keeps your feline friends happy
Smells, sounds and even just the feel of the earth on their paws, ensures that your pet remains happy. Inside animals can become lazy in the same surroundings so when your cat has access to the outside, it eliminates the chance of them getting bored.
Reduces odours in your home
It’s no secret that litter boxes leave a distinctive odour in your home. If given the choice, cats will choose to do their business outside as opposed to a litter box as it’s their instinct to do so – and therefore leaves your home free of unpleasant odours.
Appeals to their natural instincts
Cats are natural predators and it’s important for them to act on these instincts. Sure, it’s not ideal if they’re attacking living things but other instincts such as playing in long grass, rolling in sand, climbing and just being inquisitive keeps cats true to themselves.
Preserves your furniture
No matter how many scratching posts you put inside your home, nothing can come between your cat’s need to sharpen their claws on your furniture. With access to outside, they’re more inclined to utilise trees or other natural surfaces as scratching posts, keeping your furniture safe.
An open door policy
If you live in a block of flats or in a multi-storey home then leaving the window open just isn’t an option. Although cats always land on their feet, you don’t want your cat testing the hypothesis from the 13th floor. In these cases a door becomes the only viable access point. The simplest solution is just to leave your door open and let your feline friend come and go as they please. However, this is easier said than done and poses a number of other headaches, that might be more serious than a shredded couch or bored cat.
Firstly and most importantly, you are making your home less secure. Doors are the most common entry point for burglars and an open door may as well be an open invitation. It also allows opportunists to see into your home, which leads us to our second point, loss of privacy. Even in the presence of a security gate, it isn’t nice having people looking into your home. Finally, there is the issue of temperature control, having a door stand completely open makes it hard to keep heat in during the winter months.
There is one product that answers all three of these issues. LockLatch, a lockable latch that allows you to leave any window or door open, but locked. There are several benefits of LockLatch, including:
- Easy to install – You don’t have to call a professional to attach them to your doors or windows.
- Adjustable – LockLatch is available in different sizes to accommodate your cat and can easily be positioned to your preferred height upon installation.
- Durable – It’s made form C304 stainless steel and comes with a lifetime guarantee.
- Lockable – Complete with a locking pin and key, once you’ve adjusted the positioning, you can lock the unit in place.
If you’re wondering how to give your cat the freedom to be a cat, then LockLatch might be just what you’re looking for.
PetLatch to keep a door open but locked.
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