Based on facts from various sources, we recommend you keep your cat in at night.
No matter what colour your cat is, it's difficult to see it in the dark.
Cats are more active at dawn and dusk. They will want to play and hunt more at these times in a natural environment. However, doing this outside in the dark or dusk where they can't be seen puts them at very high risk of road accident fatalities and other injuries.
Cats Protection states that 'According to studies by Pet Insurance companies, the findings were that approximately 78% of all road traffic accidents involving cats happen at night.'
A cat's body temperature is higher than ours. They feel the cold, just like we do - if their fur gets wet while outdoors in cold weather and especially for long nights, they are at high risk of hypothermia.
There is more risk of being harmed by other animals and humans overnight.
Cats are intelligent, playful and inquisitive in the daylight and in the dark where there is more danger.
Protect wildlife. According to Chris Packham, Britain’s cats are estimated to catch up to 275 million prey animals a year, including 55 million birds, and he says that owners have a responsibility to prevent damage to the nation’s wildlife....and can help by keeping their pets indoors at night.”
Contrary to popular belief, cats can't see in the dark. They can see better than we can in low light levels but not in darkness, and especially not when dazzled by headlights.
In short, most cats live longer, healthier, safer lives if their time outdoors is restricted to daylight hours.