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Reasons To Keep Your Cat Indoors
While you may think it is a good thing by letting your cat go outside and explore nature, there are some dangers as well as other problems that can occur. If you have a cat and you let it outdoors, you could potentially end up with the following issues.
Chance Of Getting Hit By A Car
One reason for not letting your cat go outdoors is because a cat may run out into a street and get hit by a car. If the cat survives, there may be damage to it's internal organs as well as broken limbs. I had a neighbor who let her cat out during the day and wondered why the cat hadn't come home by night. She found out later that the cat had been hit by a car and died on a street nearby.
Another reason for keeping your cat indoors is that the cat could pick up diseases from another stray animal outside. It is possible that a sick cat may be wandering the neighborhood as well as other small animals that can carry a host of diseases. If your cat is not up to date on it's shots, it may also contract rabies from a rabid animal. If your cat catches rabies, it will have to be euthanized. Cats can also pick up fleas from outside and bring them back into your house.
Hunting Small Animals
Cats like to hunt so if you do not want your cat to catch that cute little bunny that's been hopping around outside, make sure to keep your cat indoors. Unfortunately, I have seen this happen many times in my neighborhood. Someone will let their cat out and it will catch and kill a squirrel, bird or bunny. It is a sad sight to see.
Mating And Spraying
If your cat is female and is not spayed, there is a chance that the cat could become pregnant if there is a stray male cat who is not neutered roaming around outside. Also, if your cat is male and not neutered, it could spray a foul odor on your property or your neighbor's properties, especially if there are other cats roaming around.
There may be other animals outside that could do a lot of harm to your cat. Your cat could get in a fight with another cat outside. Also, if there are dogs around the neighborhood, your cat could get attacked and possibly killed by a dog. It may be hard for a cat to fight off some animals that are vicious.
Losing The Cat
If your cat is outdoors, someone else may see the cat roaming around and take it to an animal shelter. If your cat does not have a microchip or identification tag, the shelter can not identify who the cat belongs to and may euthanize the cat if the shelter is too overcrowded. They might also adopt the cat out to another person if they can not find an owner for the cat. I have heard of situations like this happening and read articles about it in the local newspaper. Also, a neighbor might take the cat in if they do not know that the cat belongs to you, especially if the cat is friendly.
SUGGESTIONS FOR LETTING CATS OUTDOORS
I have always kept my cats indoors to ensure their safety and my peace of mind. Sometimes though, cats will escape the house and run outside when someone opens the door. Also, if you feel that you would like to continue letting your cat outdoors, here are a few suggestions.
♦ Have the cat microchipped.
♦ Put a collar on the cat with an ID tag.
♦ Put a flea collar on the cat or administer flea medication to prevent fleas.
♦ Keep the cat up to date on it's shots, especially rabies.
♦ Create a small area with fencing outdoors so that the cat can not escape.
♦ Supervise the cat and stay outside with the cat.