To Monitor Your Cat's Urinary Tract/Bowel Health
years ago, we almost lost our
Bubba, who was an indoor-outdoor cat at the time.
Why? Because we had no litter boxes in the
house, and therefore, could not monitor his painful
attempts to urinate. Today, that would be a red
flag warning of a potential UTI or urinary tract
blockage. By the same token, observing a cat's
painful attempts to poop, or finding blood and/or
mucous in the feces in the fact is a red flag for
constipation, bowel blockage, or mega-colon.
An Indoor Cat Is Relatively Safe from Many
allowed free access to the
outdoors invariably come into contact with other
cats. Even casual contact can transmit parasites
and more serious diseases: o FeLV (Feline
Leukemia) o FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis)
Panleukopenia(Feline Distemper) o FIV (Feline
Immunodeficiency Virus) o Zoonotic Diseases
Mice your cat may eat or bring home can also
cause a host of other dangerous diseases. Rarely
mentioned, but equally serious, is the possibility
of skin cancer from over-exposure to the sun.
Indoor Cats Do Not Get Hit by Cars
to one source, more cats are killed by
cars annually than are euthanized in U.S. animal
shelters. Even the most careful driver cannot avoid
hitting a cat that runs across the street in front of a
car. Even so-called "safe" country areas are no
guarantee for cats. Country cats are not as
car-savvy as their city brethren, and all it takes is
one misjudgment of distance or speed.
Indoor Cats Are Safe From Wildlife
Dangers and Dog Packs
cats are below wildlife predators in the
food chain, and they are sitting ducks for owls,
raptors, coyotes, and native big cats. Dogs
running in packs will consider a cat fair game;
even one large dog can easily overpower and kill
a cat. Remember that some dogs are also bred to
attack; they are not really to blame when their
instinct takes over. Even with a full set of fangs
and claws, the cat rarely has a chance when
caught outside, and DECLAWED CATS are
even more at risk.
Indoor Cats Don't
Create Neighbor Problems
"well-bred" cats will venture into neighbors'
yards when allowed to roam free, and the resultant
neighborhood discord has in some cases caused
cat owners to move. People who don't like cats
will not tolerate cats using their gardens as litter
boxes, and will sometimes resort to extreme
measures to keep the cats out. At the very least,
a neighbor may call the local animal control to
pick up the "stray" cat.
Indoor Cats Rarely Get Abscesses
are very territorial and will defend their
territory to the death, if challenged by another cat.
At the very least, these territorial battles often
result in abscessed wounds, which can be deadly
if not treated in time. There's also the chance, of
course, of cats contracting FIV from deep bite
Indoor Cats Are Safe From Human Abuse
cats are easy targets for gangs
of youths with time on their hands, for cat-haters,
who seek cats out for target practice, and for
neighbors who would think nothing of killing a
cat for trespassing on their property. Although
animal protection laws are beefing up,
prosecution will never bring a loved cat back to
life. It's a well-known fact that serial killers often
practice first with animals.
Indoor Cats Can Get Plenty of Exercise
do get exercise, but they can get it safely
toys, climbing, scratching posts, and other indoor
toys; all much safer than running from dogs or
fighting with other cats. Remember also that there
are safe compromises for the outdoor experience.
Indoor Cats are not a Danger to Wildlife
face it; cats are predators, and left to their
own devices outdoors, will eventually chase and
kill birds, rabbits, and other small wildlife. Most of
us would rather not see our cats cast in a killer
role, and keeping them indoors will help protect
wildlife to some degree.
Indoor Cats Don't Get Lost
outdoor cats widen their outdoor territories,
they may become lost long enough to be
"rescued" by other cat lovers, legitimate rescue
groups, or picked up by animal control as strays.
Statistics show that of "owned" cats turned in to
shelters; only three percent are eventually
relocated with their owners. Collars can break,
and even microchips do not guarantee a cat will
not be adopted and kept as an indoor cat by
someone else. Why take the chance?
Indoor Cats Are Not Stolen
are people who sell cats to laboratories
for animal experimentation or research. Their
prime source of cats is on the street. Even a cat
sitting on his front lawn is fair game for a buncher.
Other people pick up cats for use as "bait" for
training fighting dogs. Both categories of
cat-knappers are the lowest of the low, but they a
re out there. So beware. Remember that an
indoor cat is always safer.
Indoor Cats Don't
Freeze in Winter Weather
can change very rapidly, and mild
weather can turn stormy and cold, sometimes
with little notice. Cats can die quickly of
hypothermia when left outside, particularly at night.
Don't gamble with your cats' lives. Keep them
safely indoors, no matter what the weather outside.