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Dr Innis Cloete from Kingsway Veterinary Centre joins Jeziel on Classic Drive each week to chat all things pets. He’s an expert on any creature, whether it swims, flies, slithers or flaps.

Should my pet be an indoor or outdoor animal? How do you determine where your pet should spend most of its time?

“Does it really make a difference?” Jeziel asked Dr Innis. “Other than maybe having a cleaner house?”

“Oh not necessarily, your garden will be just as messy! If you have a 6-month-old labrador pup, your garden will definitely pay for that.”

Most of the time, people who ask Dr Innis this question are asking it in regards to cats.

A lot of people like to have their cats indoor and a lot of breeds are more placid than not and are happy to be indoors. If you have a 4 or 5 month old domestic short hair, you’re probably going to wake up to them swinging from one curtain to the next and they are the type of kittens that will probably struggle being indoor cats. They’re naturally inquisitive animals who can see and hear things going on outside even if you can’t. Your house might not be stimulating enough for them which can lead to behavioural issues.

“There is no right or wrong answer, it’s all about lifestyle. If you’re at home all day and can entertain them, it’s ok to keep them inside. But if you’re busy and they’re yearning for more entertainment, let them outside.”

Just be aware that your feline friend has up to date vaccinations.

Now, what about dogs?

Dogs are naturally outside animals. They want to live outside!

“I get the feeling a lot of people are embarrassed to tell me that their dog lives outside, Dr Innis confessed. “There’s nothing wrong with that!”

It’s only been the last 15 or 20 years where people have started regarding their dogs as “their children” and have them live inside. If it’s got shelter, food and water there is no reason that your dog can’t live outside. It’s not cruel! If you want your canine companion to be an outdoor dog, start that from the word go, as soon as you bring them home.

What if they have lived indoors for a few years but you want to change them to outdoor animals?

With cats, let them out on an empty stomach so then they have got an incentive to come back. With a dog, you’ll have to do it gradually or else you’ll be stuck with a barking dog and upset neighbours.

Have a listen to the chat between Dr Innis and Jeziel below:

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