The following are good reasons to impose a cat curfew on your pet between dusk and dawn:
- Many local council authorities demand your cat be confined at night to protect local wildlife, particularly of vulnerable and endangered species. This is the case with City of Ballarat bylaws.
- The majority of road accidents involving cats occur at night, or dawn and dusk. Confining your cat indoors or in a comfortable draft free shed will keep her safe during these periods of high vulnerability.
- Most cat fights occur at night as cats prowl over large areas and make claim to their nocturnal territory, which likely extends well beyond your back garden. Anyone who has ever nursed their cat through a painful absess resulting from a cat bite incurred during a fight will know how important it is to prevent such painful infections and wounds, not to mention related veterinary costs.
- Neighbours tend not to appreciate nocturnal cat choruses as your cat indulges in howling to the moon or spraying around their gardens. This is particularly applies to entire toms, but even desexed cats will indulge in some vocalising if other cats indulge in this activity in the local neighbourhood.
- Nothing beats a relaxed cat, sleeping by your side at night!
Make your cat's meal time regularly fall an hour to half an hour before sunset, from earliest kittenhood and she will willingly come running in to enjoy her pre-curfew meal. Do not let her out in the morning until well past dawn and make sure she has a clean litter tray to use during the evenings, should she require it!
I actually kept my beloved Moggy Boy entirely inside from the time we moved to Ballarat. He was already quite deaf, extermely arthritic and his eyesight was not what it had been in his youth. I did not want him wandering off and falling victim to busy roads or local cats vying for top cat territories in his dottage, nor find him preying on the honey eaters that breed in my garden. He still enjoyed sunny spots by windows and occasional outdoor excursions under close supervision or in my arms.
Another and perhaps best option is to build your cat an indoor/outdoor cat park, so they can enjoy time outdoors from the security of an enclosure. This also prevents them ever killing local wildlife, neighbourhood cat fights, road accidents and deaths and the need to rush home to put your cat inside before nightfall!