Studies come out every few years showing that owning a pet can be beneficial to your health. People keep dogs or cats as companion pets. The rural community tends to have a different view on animals. They must be able to pull their own weight and it must make as much economical sense to keep that animal as it does livestock or guardian animals.
Many people have no objection to keeping a pet but want to know why would you want to keep an outdoor cat. Another name for an outdoor cat is a barn cat. This is an animal that roams freely around your homestead performing the job for which it was purchased or acquired.
Outdoor cats catch mice. More than that they kill moles, voles, rats, and mice. This cuts down on the amount of snakes that frequent the southeast. If the snakes don’t have anything to eat then they don’t stay around. The opportunity for disease to spread through rodent droppings in your hay and grain will drop.
An outdoor cat must be kept up to date on all shots. It should not be de-clawed otherwise it will be unable to do it’s job. Ensure that the animals are spayed or neutered. Cats kept outdoors will go into heat sooner than indoor cats; You do not want to be caught unprepared and wind up with an unwanted litter. Food and water needs to be supplied twice a day. And cats, of course, do not need to be bathed.
Since the winters are mild in the southeast, cats older than 4 months are able to withstand the weather. If the cat is younger than this age, additional shelter may be needed for nights dropping below freezing and covered porch to hang out on during rain (though this not required).
When taking your cat for a checkup or shots be sure to inform your vet the animal is strictly an outdoor pet. If they are a good clinic, such as Dineen Animal Hospital in Wilmington, NC, they will let you know of the additional shots of vaccinations necessary that are not required for the indoor cat.