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Importance of Keeping Cats Indoors

Cat’s don’t have nine life — just the one! Here are nine reasons they’re healthier indoors!

  1. Not everyone likes cats; we know you love your special kitty, but not everyone likes cats! Irritated neighbors or community interlopers could pose a threat to your special fluff if you allow them to roam outdoors.
  2. Some people like cats too much; When people come into your neighborhood to visit friends, they might just see your beautiful cat as a great souvenir and take them home! While microchips can prove ownership, you first have to know who took your cat — and that can be tough to find out. Better to keep your valued family member inside & safe.
  3. Rabies is still a problem; Rabies occurs in all areas of the United States, and cats are the most common domestic animal testing positive for rabies — yikes! We know you vaccinate your cat, but why tempt fate? Cats roaming outdoors are frequently hanging out with stray/feral cats, raccoons and other creatures that are capable of transmitting rabies to your cat.
  4. Parasites are the pits!; Roundworms, hookworms, fleas, ticks and other parasites are unwelcome houseguests. But if you let your cat roam free outside these parasites could be moving in when your cat returns. Heads-up! It’s true that your cat may still be exposed to parasites EVEN if you keep them indoors, so routine parasite treatments from your veterinarian can cut down the numbers and keep you, your family and your cat safe and healthy.
  5. Felines Fight; Free-roaming cats show up at veterinary hospitals with various wounds from fighting with other cats that are “on the street”. Cat bite abscesses are no fun for cats or their owners.
  6. Car Accidents Happen; Cats are difficult to see, so unless your cat knows to cross inside the crosswalk and with the light, traffic is NOT your friend. I hope your kitty never has to learn how to cross the street the hard way. Keep them safe from vehicular damage and keep them inside!
  7. Birds are NOT fans; That bird feeder in your yard is like putting fish in a barrel for free-roaming cats. Cats are great hunters and will hunt even if well-fed. Free-roaming cats devastate bird, lizard and other reptile and other amphibian populations. Give your local ecosystem a break and keep your great hunter indoors.
  8. FIV & FeLV are SERIOUS; Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) & Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) have lifelong implications for your cat and are spread through contact with unknown cats that transmit the disease. Unfortunately, cats that are vaccinated for FeLV can still contract the disease. Do your cat a favor and keep them safe from these chronic illnesses by keeping them inside.
  9. Wild Animals Threaten; Foxes, coyotes, alligators, mountain lions, dogs and other wild animals can make a quick meal of your sweet kitty. Even if your cat makes it home from such an encounter, the recovery from the trauma and injuries can be significant and certainly no fun for you or your cat. Spare your special kitty the pain and suffering from such an assault and keep them indoors.

EXTRA; It should go without saying that ALL cats should be indoor cats but even more so should cerebellar hypoplasia cats be strictly indoors! Their mobility, coordination, lack of speed are all strikes against them being solid candidates of roughing the outdoors. Do your special needs kitties a favor and keep them indoors!

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