Please remember that one of the cultural differences experienced on this board is the decision on whether or not your cat should be an indoor/outdoor cat. We need to realize that everyone's situation is different and that we are all here because we care about our cats and want what is best for them.
People outside of the US often have a hard time time understanding how varied the ecosystems are here - mountain ranges, desert, plains, beaches, farm & ranch lands, valleys, various climates. Cities, towns, wilderness, and farm/ranch land.
I live in a Dallas suburb, across from a large park connected to other areas by trails. We have squirrels, possums, ducks, geese, rabbits, snakes including copperheads & water moccasins, foxes, even a cougar has been spotted in our park by the local Outdoor Learning School staff. And many of these critters have visited my house!
Fleas and ticks are a constant issue for us. It is not safe for our cats to be outside.
Some people try to balance the need to protect their cats with the cat's desire to go outside by using a harness and leash during their time outside. It does look strange the first time you see a cat in harness & leash, but some cats love it.