Top reasons to keep cats indoors
Many cat lovers now know that indoor cats are safer, while others still believe cats deserve the freedom to run outdoors. When humans domesticate cats, we are responsible for their health and welfare. Part of that responsibility is keeping cats safe and healthy. For those who insist on letting cats roam free, consider these top reasons to keep cats indoors.
In fact, observing a cat’s painful attempts to defecate, or finding blood and/or mucus in the stool are red flags for constipation, bowel obstruction, or megacolon.
Indoor cats are relatively safe from many diseases
Cats that are allowed free access to the outdoors will always come into contact with other cats. Even casual contact can spread parasites and more serious diseases:
- FeLV (feline leukemia)
- FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis)
- Panleukopenia (feline distemper)
- FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus)
- zoonotic disease
Rats your cat may eat or bring home can also cause many other dangerous diseases.
Rarely mentioned, but equally serious is the possibility of skin cancer from overexposure to the sun. White and other light-colored cats can develop squamous cell carcinoma, a serious and painful disease.
Indoor cats won’t get hit by cars
According to one source, more cats are killed by cars each year than euthanized at U.S. animal shelters. Even the most attentive driver can’t avoid hitting a cat crossing the road in front of the car. Even so-called “safe” rural areas do not guarantee cats. Country cats are not as car-savvy as their city brethren, all it takes is a miscalculation of distance or speed.
Indoor cats are safe for wildlife hazards and dog packs
Outdoor cats are lower in the food chain than wild animal predators, which are owls, raptors, coyotes, and sitting ducks of native big cats. Dogs running in packs consider cat fair play; even a large dog can easily overwhelm and kill a cat.
Keep in mind that some dogs are also bred for aggression; they’re not really to blame when their instincts take over. Even with a full set of fangs and claws, cats have little chance of being caught outside, and cats without claws are more at risk.
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Indoor cats don’t cause neighbor problems
Even “well-bred” cats venture into neighbors yards when they are allowed to roam freely, and the resulting neighborhood feud 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, sometimes taking extreme measures to keep cats out. At the very least, a neighbor might call the local animal control center to pick up the “stray” cat.
Indoor cats rarely get abscesses from fights
Cats are very territorial and will defend their territory to the death if challenged by another cat. At the very least, these territorial disputes often lead to wound abscesses that can be fatal if left untreated. Of course, cats can also get FIV from deep bites.
Indoor cats are protected from human abuse
Free-roaming cats are easy targets for a group of young people with time, for cat haters looking for cats to practice targeting, and for neighbors who won’t kill a cat for trespassing on their property. to say.
While animal protection laws are strengthening, prosecution will never bring a beloved cat back to life. As we all know, serial killers usually practice with animals first.
Indoor cats can get lots of exercise
Cats do get exercise, but they can exercise safely with interactive toys, climbing towers, scratching posts, and other indoor toys; it’s all much safer than running away from dogs or fighting other cats. Also remember that there are safety compromises in the outdoor experience.
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Indoor cats are not a danger to wild animals
Let’s face it; cats are predators, left to fend for themselves outdoors, eventually chasing and killing birds, rabbits, and other small wildlife. Most of us are reluctant to see our cats play a killer role, and keeping them indoors will help protect wildlife to some extent.
Indoor cats don’t get lost
As outdoor cats expand their outdoor territories, they can get lost long enough to be “rescued” by other cat lovers, legal rescue groups, or picked up as stray cats by animal control agencies. Statistics show that only 3% of cats that are “owned” end up relocating with their owners.
Collars can snap, and even a microchip doesn’t guarantee a cat won’t be adopted by someone else and raised as an indoor cat. Why take a chance?
Indoor cats are not stolen
Bunchers are people who sell cats to laboratories for animal experiments or research. The main source of their cats is on the street. Even a cat sitting on his front lawn is fair game for a bunch of hands. Others took up cats as “bait” for training their fighting dogs. Both types of cat thugs are the lowest, but they are there.
So be careful.Remember that indoor cats are always safer.
Weather conditions can change very quickly, with mild weather becoming stormy and cold, sometimes barely noticeable. When cats are left outside, especially at night, cats can die quickly from hypothermia.
Don’t gamble with your cat’s life. Keep them safely indoors regardless of the weather outside.
If you suspect your pet is sick, call your veterinarian right away. For health-related questions, be sure to consult your veterinarian, as they have examined your pet, know your pet’s health history, and can give your pet the best advice.