20 Reasons to Keep Your Cat Indoors
was developed over a lifetime of experiences with many, many cats. Each
and every item on this list happens every day. The best policy is to
keep your cat inside!
- Thousands of cats get hit by cars every year. If they are lucky, they
engines - Cats seek warmth. In the winter they tend to climb up
inside car engines where they can be subsequently ground up.
- Cats like the sweet taste of anti-freeze, and they will lick it if
able. Anti-freeze is extremely toxic and your cat will die a painful
death within hours of ingesting it. It can take less than a teaspoon
to kill a full-size cat or dog!
- There are people who don't like cats and will set out poison
on their property. Others may put poison out to get rid of other wildlife
that wanders onto their property and your cat may accidentally ingest
- Your cat could be killed by dogs, raccoons, or other wildlife.
Some people train their dogs to attack and kill cats.
Part II - Believe it or not, cats can kill each other during their
- Feline Leukemia destroys a cat's immune system. It is transmitted
through body fluids. Even a sneeze can pass the virus from one cat to
another. The vaccine for FELV is only 70 to 75% effective. Cats infected
usually die within two years.
- Feline Immunosuppressive Virus also destroys a cat's immune system.
It is transmitted through body fluids and cuts a cat's lifespan in half.
There is no vaccination for FIV.
- Feline Infectious Peritonitis. FIP is always 100% fatal. Tests and
vaccines for FIP are not reliable.
Abuse - Cats are often shot with BB guns; burned with lighters,
firecrackers; tortured by people causing loss of limbs, eyes, etc.
to Death - People think that because they have lived in the same
house for a number of years that their cat is too smart to wander off
and get lost. NOT TRUE. People also think that because their cat has
never left the front yard that it go any farther. NOT TRUE.
Trapped - Your cat could get lost in somebody else's garage or
utility shed. He could suffer brain damage if trapped in extreme heat
or could suffer frostbite if trapped in extreme cold.
Labs - Your cat could get stolen and sold to a research lab. This
practice does go on, even in Cincinnati!
Infections - Your cat could eat something (rat, mouse, bird) and
die of a parasitic infection
- Your cat could get taken in by someone thinking it is a stray. They
might keep your cat or take it to the SPCA where it will be euthanized.
Poisoning - By pesticides, lawn products, etc.
ticks, worms, ringworm - Your cat could transmit these to other
pets and people in the household.
- Your cat could accidentally fall in a swimming pool and drown.
Traps - People who live in the country think it's great to let cats
out to roam. But many times domestic dogs and cats get caught in steel-jaw
traps intended for other animals.
- When cats go outside they smell other cats' territorial markings.
This may prompt your cat to start spraying inside the house to mark