The name Houdini comes to mind when pet owners think of their furry best friends' tendency to make a break for the outside world whenever the opportunity presents itself. They might try to escape out of boredom, think it's a game, or simply crave outdoor time. As much as we love our sneaky cats, it can be a trying task to keep them safe. If this sounds like your cat, try these 6 tips to keep your escape artist cat safe.
1) Microchip your cat
A microchip is a small implant that gets inserted between your pet's shoulder blades. It contains a unique registration number so that in the event your cat goes missing, someone can find your cat, take them into the proper facility, and get them scanned for the microchip. This will help the facility identify you as the owner. It’s important that the microchip is up-to-date with your correct contact information. A microchip implant is NOT a pet tracking device. Learn more about the difference between a pet microchip and a pet GPS tracker here.
2) Make sure their ID tag is up to date
Similar to your pet’s microchip, make sure your cat has an ID tag on their collar and that all the information is up to date.
3) Buy or build a “catio” for your cat
A catio is a secure outdoor enclosure built for cats. Catio’s are a great solution for curious cats that are determined to be outside. You can even deck it out to personalize the enclosure to your and your cat's liking. Add any of your cat's favorites to the enclosure such as toys and climbing structures. Catio’s can be purchased online or DIY if you are looking for a new project. Check out Rovers guide “How to Build or Buy Your Own Catio'' to get started.
4) Put your cat in a secure area of the house when guests come over
When inviting guests over, let them know that your cat is an escape artist so they know to be cautious going in and out of your home. Prior to their arrival, place your cat in a secure area of the house that is as escape-free as possible. You can use a child or pet gate, or place them in their crate until all guests have arrived.
5) Keep your cat busy with stimulating cat-friendly toys
Finding fun, stimulating toys will help distract your cat and keep them busy. Especially if your cat often seems bored, they will look for other ways to entertain themselves (such as trying to escape your home). Need some ideas? Check out “The 11 Best Cat Toys of 2022” from the Spruce Pets.
6) Use a Cat GPS Tracker
A Cat GPS Tracker can give you the location of your cat in real-time. Some GPS trackers, such as Jiobit, connect directly to an app that can be downloaded on your smartphone and will alert you with live notifications as they come and go from your home. You’ll want a compact device that can be attached comfortably to your pets favorite harness or collar. The good news is that Jiobit is the smallest, longest-lasting, real-time GPS location monitor, and even Rovers top pick the best GPS tracker for cats. Which makes it the purrfect GPS tracker for small pets.
Try these 6 tips to keep your escape artist cat safe. Looking for more activities to keep your Houdini kitty occupied? Check out these 7 Activities to Enjoy With Your Curious Cat.