How far do house cats travel? And how far do domestic cats travel at night? Is there a difference between a house cat and an outdoor cat roaming range?
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Domestic cat’s roaming range
Domestic cat’s range differs from one cat to another. House cats usually stay within sight distance of their home, feeing safer in their familiar territory.
Cats don’t get bored as fast as humans do. They don’t want to explore other countries or dream about going to other planets. They’re usually quite happy in their yard, especially if it’s the kind of yard that cats love, with plenty of prey, bushes to hide in, and trees to climb.
How far will a cat roam from home? That depends on their personality. And the average male cat’s roaming range is larger than a femal cat’s roaming range.
I had a cat whom I’ve found three buildings away once, and a cat who liked to wander into the yard on the left and the one on the right, plus my yard, so her roaming range was three yards, not bad for a cat.
The cats I have now spend most of their time in my yard, and it’s not a large one. I often see them inches away from the building. Some cats are more adventurous than others.
Outdoor cats roaming range
Feral cats travel farther than housecats because they have to search for food, and because house cats can’t resist their favorite spot on the sofa, their cats beds, the warm and dry house, their toys, and their favorite humans.
If cats have litter inside their home, this reduces their need to go outside.
I had a cat who loved to roam outside for hours when I wasn’t home, but when I was home, he hardly left the house. He was very attached to me.
Cats who haven’t been neutered will travel much farther when in heat. Young cats will travel farther than older cats because they have more energy.
Feral kittens will travel a whole lot farther when they near sexual maturity so they won’t have kittens wither their siblings or mother, which will result in weak and sickly kittens with less chance of survival. Feral kittens who are neutered may stay in the same yard with their mother and siblings, especially if there’s plenty of food.
How far do cats roam at night?
Cats roam more at night, and usually farther than during the day. They’re night creatures. Night time is when mice and cocroaches come out, a nice time for hunting. It can lure a cat to leave the yard if there’s prey outside. On the other hand, if there’s plenty of prey in the yard, the cat won’t feel the need to leave.
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